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Bumper crop for Somerset cider apple growers



“This is the best cider apple crop, in terms of quality, since 2007,” proclaimed John Harris of West Croft Cider.

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.

“This 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.”

Morgan 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.

“Finishing 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.”

Other casks have come from Clynelsh, Glenlossie and Glencadam distilleries.

Whiskey cask matured cider and traditional Morgan Sweet cider will both be on sale at West Croft Farm from the end of November.



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