My enthusiasm for cider may be accounted for by the fact that I attended a West Country university, which was unique in that they made their own scrumpy cider. The excuse being that the science department needed the insects on the apple trees for their research. The cider was a popular tipple at the student bar being both cheap and high in alcohol content. Which brings me round to Orchard Pig.
Also from the West Country, Orchard Pig comes in, dry sparkling ‘Truffler’ and medium sparkling ‘Charmer’. Both at 6% alcohol content they compare well to scrumpy, though at over £2 for a half litre bottle they are rather on the expensive side by cider standards. There is also the Reveller, also medium sparkling but at a lower alcohol content of 4.5%. I like sweet cider, which now seems hard to get, so the Charmer appeals to me with its mellow apple sweetness and aroma of rich orchard apples, which greets you as you pour out a glass. Served cold it is a real thirst quencher if you have just returned exhausted from the allotment or a long walk with the dog.
Low carbonated means that it is not too fizzy to enjoy more than one glass and it is said to be a good accompaniment to fish and chips and Asian food. The Truffler is recommended as a perfect mate for classic British bangers & mash or a steak pie and the Reveller is said to go well with pork dishes.
Orchard Pig is one of a number of ciders, including locally produced Aspall Cider, which are now on sale at Coddenham Food Store, and it is well worth going along to try some for yourself.
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