Tillington Hills Premium Cider wins again

June 27, 2013 by The Co-operative Food tillingtons cider

A few years ago you’d be hard pressed to find anything but mass produced canned ciders on the shelves, or in pubs, but that is changing, and changing for the better.

The Co-operative has long been involved in fruit farms and its orchards produce quite excellent ciders. In particular the Tillington Hills Premium Cider is one to try, it was recently awarded silver medal at the 4th International Cider Challenge. The very fact that the Challenge exists is evidence of the growing interest in ciders, and this year the judges had the arduous task of blind tasting 149 entries!

How do you land a job like that?

I’ve started noticing that ciders are playing a bigger role in beer festivals, and there are even cider and perry festivals cropping up here and there in the bigger cities, and in the West Country. The better pubs often have several small-scale craft ciders available and they come in kegs, bottles and boxes, and sometimes on draft. Just like beers they seem to come from all over the world too. At the International Challenge there were entries from as far afield as New Zealand and Australia, as well as many from France, Ireland, the Scandinavian countries and elsewhere.

I wonder how long it’ll be before there are cider houses where beer is served as a minority alternative? They probably exist already somewhere – do let me know if you have been to one.

The Tillington Hills is a dry cider that’s made from a blend of its namesake, the Tillington Ladies’ Finger apple and several other Hereford Cider varieties. In fact the Tillington Ladies’ Finger was under threat of extinction until The Co-operative got together its team of experts to create this dry and refreshing beauty. It comes in at a fairly strong 6%, not that you’d notice – it just slips down on a warm day.

At The Co-operative’s Tillington Fruit Farm in Herefordshire they also produce excellent juices, they grow 12 varieties of cherry, and with all those fruit trees needing pollenating then it makes sense that they keep bees and produce honey too.

Now I’ve sat here with a chilled bottle of Tillington in front of me while I have written these words. It’s a warm evening and I can almost taste the apples already.

Do forgive me. It’s time to stop typing and instead indulge in a glass of fine English cider.

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