Monday, 20 October 2014

Life: The Somerset Cider Brandy Company

Tom and I packed up our bags and jumped in Keith, and drove for four hours in the driving wind and rain to get to Devon. We stayed at my Dad and Stepmum Sue's house for a few days to have a bit of a relax. Things have been a little stressful lately so the break was much needed.
On the Friday we decided to visit The Somerset Cider Brandy Company Mill & Distillery, in Somerset. They've been pressing cider for 150 years, and making Cider Brandy since 1989, we'd tasted the cider brandy at Glastonbury earlier this year (and been asleep in our tent at 3pm!) and wanted to see how it was made.
The farm sits within 160 acres of orchard, with Alpacas Louie and Rupert wandering around, and an orchard pig munching on over 40 varieties of apple. It's all really relaxed, and you can walk around the farm, distillery and grounds looking at machinery and even sampling some of the cider and brandies on offer in the shop.
I love proper cider, and Tom enjoys a good brandy so picked himself up a bottle of the Shipwreck cider brandy. We also got a good couple of pints of medium cider pressed on the farm which was delicious. 'Proper' cider, usually known as Scrumpy is flat with no fizz, and you can't beat making a mulled cider with it for Christmas - I don't like mulled wine so it's the perfect alternative. The Somerset Cider Brandy Company do a sparkling version of the cider which is a more mainstream version of the apples. Definitely recommend a visit if you are nearby, drink up thy cider!

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