• The Threat to Traditional Cider and the 35% Juice Conundrum

    The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, announced in the budget a new tax on ‘white cider’ over 7%, to create a new duty band for cider between 7 and 7.5%. So what exactly is white cider, and what does this mean for traditional cider? Well “white cider” is a meaningless term, there is no such thing in …

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  • The Writing on the Wall

    Like a revered piece of Banksy grafitti, the writing had been on the wall for a couple of years and was beginning to fade, so it was inevitable that we would have to find new premises, and quickly. The clock had been ticking for a long time. The site of our new home came as …

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  • That first real taste!

    It’s always a worry. You put it off as long as you can, as if the delay will make everything taste that much better. Of course, it may not taste great at all! After a long winter and fermentation phase, there is always the question of whether or not the cider will taste good or not. This is even more …

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