Devon-based Sandford Orchards, is thrilled to launch, in partnership with Moons Cider, Orchard Moon (ABV 6.5%), a collaboration cider celebrating the best from the West Country. It is a rewarding, full-bodied cider and is available from www.sandfordorchards.co.uk as well as selected retail outlets (RRP £35.00 for 12 x 500ml bottles).
Barny Butterfield, Chief Cidermaker at Sandford Orchards comments: “Moons Cider, from Somerset, was the winner of our 2022 Breakthrough Cider Maker Awards. Part of their prize was to work on a collaboration cider with us and I am delighted to see this come to fruition. Tom Moon worked closely with our head cider maker, Andy May, using the best apples from both counties to create Orchard Moon.”
Created using Yarlington Mill apples from Somerset and Brown’s apples from Devon, Orchard Moon (ABV 6.5%) is luscious and juicy. It has deep aromatics and complexity from Yarlington Mill, complemented by the crisp, green apple zing of Brown’s, which combine to produce a full-bodied cider with a light sparkle and medium dry finish.
Andy May, Head Cider Maker at Sandford Orchards comments:”Tom was a very worthy winner of the Breakthrough Cider Awards. It was great to be able to share my knowledge and experience with him in blending Orchard Moon. It’s a combination of two of my favourite apple varieties, which really represent everything great about West Country cider.”
Tom Moon, owner of Moons Cider said: “I was unsure about creating a medium/dry cider. I was concerned it might be too dry and challenging with the single varieties we were using but it was great to work with Andy, as he made sure to balance the strengths of both so that they complemented each other perfectly. We’re excited by the final blend and think this is a cider people will enjoy and keep coming back to.”
Barny continues: ”We set up the Breakthrough Cider Maker Awards in 2019 to celebrate and support excellent whole juice cider producers from around the UK to help secure the future of real British cider. Winners of these awards benefit from priceless help on the journey including the chance to work with us on a collaboration cider.”
He adds:” Tom Moon has been making cider for more than ten years, having started as a teenager. When he won the award, he was producing around 10,000 litres of cider on his own whilst juggling his main job as a builder. We think Moons has what it takes to become a very successful business and are delighted to play our part in supporting Tom to achieve that.”
Founded in 2002, independent, family-owned Sandford Orchards is based in Crediton, Mid Devon in the oldest working cider mill in the UK. The area has long been known as one of the most fertile parishes in all of Britain, both for its grazing and ability to grow apples. Crediton sits in the lee of the moors, so receives the right amount of rain and the right units of heat in summer.
Sandford Orchards takes a fresh, natural and low impact approach to producing cider. Combining tradition and innovation, Sandford Orchards produces an award-winning range of core session, traditional, fine and fruit ciders.
Sandford Orchards takes a low impact approach to producing cider:
- Their orchards act as carbon sinks, promote soil health and support biodiversity
- Their apples are all grown in a 20 mile radius of the cider works
- Their by-products are bio-converted locally into natural green gas and CO2, which is used to carbonate their ciders
- They use locally coppiced regenerating woodlands for fuel for heating water and have installed solar panels which produce 25% of their required electricity
- They are working towards having all their company vehicles charged by renewable power
- They use natural lighting, rainwater harvested from their roofs and insulation to reduce their energy requirements
- Their cider is produced using filtration and cold sterilisation and without the need for boiling ingredients
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