So, eleven years of appreciating, drinking, making and championing cider culminates in this moment – it’s time for The Ciderologist to go BIG! Come and join me for the ride. Wassail!
Australia doesn’t want me to leave. Quite literally. I am held up at Sydney airport whilst the most gargantuan downpour breaks the heat that has been building all day. All operations stop whilst the threat of the electrical storm passes. When we finally get into Wellington, via a mildly sphincter-relaxing, turbulence rock’n’roller, my bag is wet. Not wet, as in, … Read More Global Cider Tour Part 2: Cyclone Cook invades NZ
Hello 2017 – my, you are looking bloody cold, damp and miserable. It should be a time of refreshment and life affirmation, but mostly seems to be about penitence. Right now, it appears that everyone is focussed on ‘being good’ and banishing Christmas’s excesses. A key, and indeed highly popular, method of achieving this for many people is through alcohol abstention. Alcohol Concern … Read More #DryJanuary
Autumn 2016 marks a milestone in my cider life. 10 years ago, as a young, callow, non-furry-lipped chap, I visited Broome Farm, Ross-on-Wye, to see my friend, and legendary cider maker, Mike Johnson. I had been travelling the globe for 8 months and was in serious need of a fix of proper Herefordshire farmhouse cider. What happened next was a … Read More Whanau, Whenua & Whakapapa
Happy Apple Day people!! In celebration of this wondrous event, and to highlight the fantastic diversity of cider apples, I have compiled an A-Z, complete with some little known facts: Ashton Bitter – once lauded as a key early season bittersweet, it’s now known to produce a tree like a scarecrow, so has somewhat fallen out of favour. Ball’s Bittersweet … Read More Cider Apple A – Z