A few summers ago, this writer was asked what makes a good cider at a food and drinks fair in St Fagans. An array of scrump had been consumed at that point so naturally my answers were astute, comprehensive and comprehensible. Being surrounded by local Welsh ciders was the perfect backdrop to this wonderful hazy summer day.
Back in my native Cornwall we have a cloudy cider called Rattler created by Healey’s Cider Farm which became a huge hit when it was released in 2006. That got me thinking as to what would be an equivalent to this in Wales; I’ve found Welsh ciders to be vast and plentiful in flavours and colours.
Gwynt Y Draig Welsh Cider & Perry Company offer a cracking range of ciders and perry (cider made from fermented pears, a bit sweeter and generally less bitter than apple cider) and you can find their produce in most supermarkets and bars. Try starting with Orchard Gold for an idea of a traditional crisp and sweet farmhouse cider, or maybe Black Dragon if you like the traditional taste with a drier bite. They also make Farmhouse Vintage Scrumpy and Cloudy Scrumpy ciders that have a stronger fermented taste whilst retaining the sweetness of the apples, the flavours in these aren’t to everyone’s liking so enjoy moderately if you’re not sure. Alternatively you’ll find their boxed ciders at local bars with names such as Happy Daze and Celtic Warrior, separated by their sweetness and dryness, these will have a higher percentage of alcohol so expect stronger flavours and rosier cheeks! Iechyd da! (JP)