The Taunton Cider Company has been relaunched by a group of cider enthusiasts.
First incorporated in 1911 in Norton Fitzwarren, Taunton, Somerset, it grew to become the second largest cider maker in the UK, producing 30 million gallons per year before being sold in the mid-90s and eventually disappearing in 2011.
The new Taunton Cider Company is located in Churchstanton, just ten miles from its original home.
First off the cider press is Taunton Cider Original, which draws on the extensive heritage of the brand, respecting the way Taunton Cider used to be made, using traditional equipment. The finest, and locally sourced, English bitter sweet cider apples have been selected, specifically the classic varieties Yarlington Mill, Dabinett and Harry Masters Jersey. At 4% ABV, Taunton Cider Original is gently carbonated to produce a clear, crisp, sparkling medium cider with a distinct apple nose and soft astringency on the palate. Extensive taste tests have been conducted to ensure the final experience is the best is can be. Available in bottle and keg.
Plans are under way to launch two more variants, Taunton Cider Natural Dry and Taunton Cider Traditional in the coming year.
Distribution will initially be focused on the brand’s heartland in Somerset and the broader South West region.
Miles Gray from The Taunton Cider Company comments: “We are proud and excited to resurrect this once famous name. We want to truly cherish this great brand and will make every effort to build it back to its rightful position, respected in the cider community and enjoyed by cider lovers everywhere. We would also like to acknowledge the immense support of our local partners from the farmers to cider makers who have provided their advice”.
Taunton Cider. Proper Cider. From Somerset. Orders can made by contacting The Taunton Cider Company directly on 01823 601006 and at email@example.com or through Tolchard’s on 01626 333426, www.tolchards.com
4 January 2017 - Felicity Murray The Drinks Report, editor-in-chief