We were absolutely thrilled to learn that our Ampleforth Abbey Traditional Still Cider was named runner up in this year’s CAMRA North of England Cider & Perry Competition at the Manchester Beer and Cider Festival last month! Tim Saxby, Orchard Manager at Ampleforth Abbey Drinks, says: “this is a marvellous and unexpected outcome! To take second place out of 103 entries in the cider class as judged by CAMRA members, a veritable who’s who of the UK real cider scene, is a real honour.”
Our entry was the 6.5 % Ampleforth Abbey Traditional Cider, cloudy and un-carbonated. The winning batch was crafted with hand-picked fruit from our traditionally managed orchards in 2016. This was an exceptional year for fruit quality, particularly our Ribston Pippin’s (Yorkshire 1707) with their “flesh pale yellow, firm, crisp, rich and sugary, charged with a powerful aromatic flavour” Robert Hogg 1860.