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|On Apple Day , October 22nd 2011, we
commemorated Somersets historic victory in Brussels with
the release of a Damien Hirst designed label and box for the
20 Year Old Somerset Cider Brandy. The four year battle in
Brussels ending with our victory and the approving of the words
Somerset Cider Brandy, against vigorous objections from the
Spanish, Italians and Scots and the granting of a PGI, (legal EU
protection for the spirits geographic origins and an
Appellation Controle) is in our view about as good as it gets
and the Hirst box and label will be something to remind us of
this for years to come.
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the fruit of a free-spirited belief
|THINK apple and it is likely you'll conjure images
of the iPhone, iPod and iTunes. The revolutionary creations of Steve
Jobs undoubtedly broke the boundaries of design, manufacturing and
user interaction thanks to his rebellious and Zen-like approach.
It is therefore something of a sweet irony that, nestled on the
edge of the Somerset Levels, is a company steeped in the traditions
of cider production with a similar Bohemian approach. Spearheaded by
a man named Julian Temperley, we enter the world of the artisan
cider maker. Click
here to read the full article...
|Where is the Olympic Hill?
|This week, David Heath, Leader of the House of
Commons fueled the debate, where is the Olympic Hill?
that features in Danny Boyles opening ceremony for this years
Olympic Games. In the local Western Gazette, he concluded that it is
Burrow Hill (home of Somerset Cider Brandy and Burrow Hill Cider); The
oddly shaped hill he plans has been widely identified as Glastonbury
Tor, but theres something not quite right
The tor has the
ruined tower of St Michael on the top. This has a single tree in
stead. Its clearly Burrow Hill at Stembridge no
mistaking it. And theres even a cider orchard on the model as
well! (21st June 2012)
|Bath and West Triumph 2012...
|At the recent Royal Bath and West Show, we won the
Championship for Farmhouse Cider as well as being the Reserve
Champion overall. The Bath and West cider competition is the biggest
on the planet with 496 entries in total.
|Supreme Champion 2011...
|Our Bottle Fermented Kingston Black was
voted Supreme Champion at the 2011 Royal Bath and West Cider Show.
|The Times recently wrote an article on the Cider
Bus at Glastonbury. The bus was greatly praised and was described as
a portal to another world.
bus has place among festival icons (This is Somerset)
Cider Bus at Glastonbury - Facebook page dedicated to The
Somerset Cider Bus
|20 Year Old
|Somerset 20 Year Old is to be stocked by
Fortnum and Mason. For the foreseeable future this will be
our only retail outlet in London for this age of Cider Brandy.
|Cider made at Burrow Hill wins the 2010 Supreme
Championship at the Royal Bath and West and our Perry is
judged joint best in the Hereford Cider Museum International
Cider and Perry Competition
|BBC Radio 4 Food and Drink
|In December 2009 the Somerset Cider Brandy Co Ltd
was been awarded the 'Special Judges Award Best Food
Producer 2009' by BBC Radio 4 Food and Drink Programme
at an award ceremony in London attended by the great and the good of
the food and drink industry, including the Prince of Wales. The
judges, chaired by Raymond Blanc, said that the special award was
given for the years of dedication and hard work that went into
producing a fanastic product.
|Somerset goes to London
|The Someret Cider Brandy Company Ltd. has been
elected to the City guild of the Worshipful
Company of Distillers, which means that Julian Temperley
becomes a Freeman of the City of London. At Burrow Hill we think
that this is a very important recognition for our brandy, and should
be of great help with our problems in Brussels. Besides serious
dinners in the City, where we can network with the great and the
good of the distilling world, we can also drive our sheep across
London Bridge and avoid the congestion charge!
|Healthier than Wine?
|Professor Roger Corder of Londons William
Harvey Research Institute writes in his book The Wine Diet published
by Sphere that he has analyzed the health giving procyanidin levels
in red wines and ciders and found that traditionally made
unfiltered Somerset ciders had a level of procyanidins that was
higher than many wines . He says that these levels can only be
found in the pure juice traditionally made products. Commercially
made factory ciders have only 1 to 5% of the procyanidin levels of
traditional Somerset cider.
|In January 2007 a huge container ship called the
Napoli was beached off the coast of East Devon and, amongst
its cargo, were containers holding some very fine barrels made with
Allier oak, on their way to South Africa to be filled with wine.
We acquired some of these barrels, which had been protected from
the sea by Bibles in Zulu, and after we received legal guardianship
from the Receiver of Wrecks we filled them with 10 year old Cider
After 6 months in the oak we bottled "Shipwreck"
in 50cl bottles in time for Christmas 2007.
The bottles have been hugely well received and we will bottle some
more for Christmas 2008.
A fun story of a superb spirit blended with a little West Country
villainy, which has brought a smile to many all over the country.
|This year's (2007) distilling is being matured in
the new bonded warehouse which has just been built on the farm. You
will be able to view this live from a webcam shortly.
The new bond means that our control of maturing stock will be
monitored more closely and is part of our quest for quality. It will
also mean that the Customs and Excise will be able to see what we
are up to from their offices in Bristol.