Somerset Cider Brandy Co. 10 Year Old

Somerset Cider Brandy Co. 10 Year Old

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£44.97

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700ml

hometipple team taste test...

“There's a reassuring smokiness and charming rusticity to this, you'd think that after a sip you'll sprout a huge beard and find a pipe in your mouth. Aromas of cigar shop, wood fireplace, sweet tobacco and toffee apples with a dry and spiced pepper to close. PROPER JOB!”

what producer says
In 1989 we obtained a beautiful copper still from Normandy. Josephine has been turning our award-winning cider into apple eau de vie ever since. In 1993 she was joined by the slightly smaller and slightly faster Fifi and in 2019 Isabelle. You can see these French ladies working during the winter months. It takes eleven litres of cider to make just one litre of pure apple spirit (eau de vie) and more than 7 tonnes of apples to fill just one small barrel. It is the apples, the soil and the climate of Somerset which give our Cider Brandy its unique character but the barrels also play a hugely important role in the ageing process. These are carefully selected for the qualities and flavours they impart. In the barrels the spirit mellows and grows richer. While taking on the complex flavours of the oak it loses a small amount of the more volatile alcohol through the wood – ‘the angels’ share’.

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    In 1989 we obtained a beautiful copper still from Normandy. Josephine has been turning our award-winning cider into apple eau de vie ever since. In 1993 she was joined by the slightly smaller and slightly faster Fifi and in 2019 Isabelle. You can see these French ladies working during the winter months. It takes eleven litres of cider to make just one litre of pure apple spirit (eau de vie) and more than 7 tonnes of apples to fill just one small barrel.

    It is the apples, the soil and the climate of Somerset which give our Cider Brandy its unique character but the barrels also play a hugely important role in the ageing process. These are carefully selected for the qualities and flavours they impart. In the barrels the spirit mellows and grows richer. While taking on the complex flavours of the oak it loses a small amount of the more volatile alcohol through the wood – ‘the angels’ share’.

    Meet the producer

    In 1560 just up the road from our farm, the last prior of Montacute Priory left his still and glass collection to his nephew having presumably used them for distilling and drinking Somerset cider brandy. It is likely that puritanical attitudes then caused stills across the West Country to be operated behind a veil of secrecy. During the 1660s the distillation of cider had a resurgence and by 1710 the industry was well-enoughestablished to warrant its own tax bracket. Then with William of Orange...

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