Dabinett and Redwood are the two new ciders introduced into the Thatchers Cider Barn range for 2017/18.
The series of special vintage ciders feature small batch runs, with each cider demonstrating a particular skill or story about the apple varieties chosen. The ciders may use a single variety or dual variety, or a blend.
Thatchers Redwood, 6.0% abv, is new to the range, blended from a selection of bittersweet and culinary apples including Katy, Harry Masters, Dabinett and Yarlington Mill. Infusing with new oak during maturation adds a subtle vanilla note. Redwood is a golden cider with a rich and intense character.
The second cider to be introduced is Dabinett. Crafted from the Dabinett apple, this single variety, 5.3% abv cider, is soft and full bodied, with hints of vanilla aroma. The Dabinett apple, which was first discovered in the 1900s, creates a medium sweet cider that is amber in colour and has a full rounded mouthfeel. It makes a welcome return to the Thatchers range following a few years’ break.
In 2016 Thatchers released its 8.4% Redstreak Cider within the Cider Barn range, which has gone onto receive acclaim from industry experts, winning the Supreme Champion at the International Cider Challenge, and most recently named the World’s Best Sparkling Cider in the World Cider Awards. Redstreak, a single variety cider, embraces the cuvage technique, where the apples are milled and then held for a day before pressing out the juice. This single variety cider is crafted from the historic Redstreak cider apple, which has been grown in Somerset since the 16th century. The red and yellow striped bittersweet apple is one of our cidermakers’ favourites. Thatchers Redstreak is a bold, peppery cider with a spicy apple pie flavour, a smooth mouthfeel and deep, rich colour.
Redstreak will continue to be a part of the Cider Barn range in 2017/18.
Martin Thatcher, fourth generation cidermaker says, “Being able to produce batch ciders with some of our favourite apple varieties of each harvest is a real joy. This year Redwood has enabled us to look at new ways of maturing this cider – by infusing with new oak, we have been able to create a rich, intense character to this cider.
“The Dabinett apple has long been recognised as an outstanding English cider apple, producing an excellent quality cider. The cider is bright and golden, and will appeal to those who like a fine, robust, traditional cider.”
All three Thatchers Cider Barn ciders are now available in Thatchers Cider Shop in Sandford, Somerset, and online at www.thatcherscider.co.uk.