Shepherd Neame launches first cider

Drinks: Ciders
Location: England
Other: Business

Self-proclaimed ‘Britain’s oldest brewer’ has launched its first ever cider, which includes a blend of apples from its home county of Kent.

Orchard View has been made in partnership with cider producer Aspall, and is described as lightly sparkling, crisp, mid-golden, apple cider. Apple varieties used include: Gala, Braeburn, Jonagold, Katy, Cox, Russett, Windsor, Worcester, Bramley and Howgate Wonder.

Shepherd Neame chief executive, Jonathan Neame said: ‘When we first thought about making a cider, we knew straight away that it had to be an authentic, traditionally made cider that reflected the character of our home in the Garden of England.

‘We have created a distinctive, refreshing cider that will make an excellent new addition to our ranges of real ales and lagers.’

Tasting notes describe the liquid as having fresh bittersweet apple aroma with characteristic smoky cedar wood notes, and a gentle creamy sweetness with a long dry finish. It will be launched in keg and in bottles from 10 June.

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Claire Dodd

As a freelance journalist, Claire has written about pretty much any topic you can imagine, from which are the best sausages, to how to flood-proof your home. However, her writing on drinks began when she landed a job as a features writer for the Publican magazine in 2007. Adjusting to a lifestyle of sampling the best drinks from around the world was tough, but someone had to do it. Having left the title in 2011, today Claire focuses on drinks and travel writing for both consumer and trade titles. Aside from searching the globe for the best drinks, and the nicest spots to consume them, she also judges global brewing competitions and keeps an eye on the business moves of the on-trade.

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