Shepherd Neame launches first cider

Claire Dodd

Claire Dodd

30 May 2017

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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