Two of Thatchers ciders have received medals at the 2016 British Bottlers Institute annual awards.

The Thatchers Special Vintage Redstreak and Katy cider have been awarded a gold medal in the category for ciders 5.5% abv and above. Whilst their cloudy cider, Thatchers Haze, received a silver medal in the category for ciders 4-5.4% abv.

The ciders are all blind-tasted in the annual competition, which was founded in 1953. The British Bottlers’ Institute has long been a crucial supporter to the bottling and packaging industry.

Thatchers Special Vintage Redstreak and Katy, 7.4%, is crafted from these two favourite varieties of apple to create a fine, full-flavoured cider which has a light fragrant aroma and soft rounded finish.

Thatchers Haze is a 4.5% naturally cloudy cider, crafted from Discovery, Falstaff, Gala and Jonagold eating apples to create its crisp, sweet finish. It’s the juice of the Jonagold apple that gives the cider its all-natural haze.

“Understanding apple varieties and how they each bring their special character to a cider is such an important and valuable skill,” says Martin Thatcher, fourth generation cider maker. “We’re delighted that the BBI has recognised this in these two beautiful ciders that we craft here at Myrtle Farm.”