Somerset cider snaps up top prize
PUBLISHED: 15:00 19 June 2014 | UPDATED: 15:00 19 June 2014
A UNIQUE cider created from 458 varieties of apple - all grown in one orchard - has been awarded a gold medal in 2014's Taste Of The West Awards.
Called simply Thatchers 458, this bottled brew has been crafted from apples grown in the Sandford-based cider-maker’s celebrated Exhibition Orchard.
The limited edition beverage gets its spicy and aromatic flavour from apple varieties including the Worcester, Pearmain, Laxton’s Superb and Devonshire Quarrenden.
Its depth comes from traditional varieties such as Somerset Redstreak and Porter’s Perfection, and the Howgate Wonder and Grenadier provide the tangy notes.
It is available in the shop at Thatchers’ Myrtle Farm headquarters and it will be in selected Tesco stores in the South West from the end of June.
Managing director Martin Thatcher said: “This cider is one we’ve been hoping to create for many years.
“This 458 cider is a celebration of the work and care that has gone into creating this magnificent orchard that my father has worked for many years to preserve.”