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Five fine ciders for your Christmas table

Food and drinks experts have named fine cider as the beverage most overlooked for its abundant flavour, quality and gastronomic versatility. Here, db outlines five top picks for what would bring a dash of discernment to a festive feast. 

C1 Foxwhelp SV 2022

Producer: Ross Cider
ABV: 6%
Price: £10

Where to buy it: Ross Cider ’s webshop: A vibrant, powerful expression of the Foxwhelp apple. Pét nat, sparkly, delicious, tangy, sharp, fruity, strawberry, this bottle has everything.


Cheddar on my Mind

Producer: Collaboration by Cellarman Sam and Tom Oliver at Oliver ’s Cider
ABV: 7.4%
Price: £10

Where to buy it: The Fine Cider Company: Primarily blended to pair with Farmhouse Cheddar, this brilliant cider wraps up layers of ripe red apple flavours in the warm embrace of oak with a tang of acidity to balance the apple sweetness. It pairs beautifully with Farmhouse Cheddar but would also be perfect with turkey.



Blenheim Superb Ice Cider

Producer: Once Upon a Tree
ABV: 10%
Price: £29.99

Where to buy it: Cider is wine: With its trademark tart apple and honey aroma intermingled with spice, this cider is sweet and complex with concentrated apple, apricot and stewed fruit flavours coming through with incredible length to the finish.


Iscider Barrique

Producer: Brännland
ABV: 9%
Price: £23

Where to buy it: The Fine Cider Company: The interplay between sweetness and acidity here is a triumph and fit for celebration. On the nose it has apple and butterscotch but with high acidity and a sweetness that lingers to make it memorable.


Wading In

Producer: Little Pomona
ABV: 8.3%
Price: £16

Where to buy it: Little Pomona webshop: Perfect for people who love natural wines, this is made with Egremont Russet dessert apples and is tangy, complex and moreish.


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