is the best cider apple crop, in terms of quality,
since 2007,” proclaimed John Harris of West
2007 was a particularly
good year for Mr Harris because his Janet’s Jungle Juice was
voted the Champion Cider of Great Britain at the CAMRA Beer Festival
at Earls Court.
will be a real vintage year,” said Mr Harris. “All the
traditional varieties are coming off the trees in very good shape.
The Morgan Sweets that we were crushing last month were the best
I have seen for years.”
Sweet is a traditional Somerset cider apple that fruits
in September and fills the gap before the main crop is ready towards
the end of October. It has been a common apple in the West Country
since the 18th century and is sweet enough to be an ‘eater’.
This year at
West Croft Farm some cider is ending its maturation in single malt
whiskey casks recently delivered from Scotland.
the cider in a cask that has been holding Blair Athol single malt
for the last 25 years gives a special finish to the cider,”
explained John Harris. “It’s just something a bit special
for Christmas this year.”
have come from Clynelsh, Glenlossie and Glencadam distilleries.
matured cider and traditional Morgan Sweet cider will both be on
sale at West Croft Farm from the end of November.