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Thatchers releases two ciders to revamp range

Two new canned ciders are to be released by Somerset cidermaker Thatchers, in a move to rejuvenate its tradition craft cider range. Stan Thatcher, second generation cidermaker, gives his name to the new range, which comprises cans, bag-in-box, and draught ciders.

Two new, gently sparkling ciders, packaged in 330ml cans, are named Leaf Twister and Barrel Roller.

Leaf Twister (5.0% abv) is a medium-dry cider crafted with local bittersweet apples including Somerset Redstreak and Dabinett.

Barrel Roller (6.0%), recreates one of Stan Thatchers’ traditional cider recipes, uses local bittersweet apples including Tremlett’s Bitter and Dabinett to craft a cloudy cider.

Stan, grandfather to Martin Thatcher, grew up on Myrtle Farm in Somerset, as an artisan cidermaker.

Three of Thatchers best loved traditional ciders are included in the Stan’s range in both bag-in-box and draught formats for the on-trade; Trad. (6.0%), Cheddar Valley (6.0%) and Big Apple (5.0%)

New packaging for the Stan’s range depicts the heritage of Thatchers with emphasis on its traditional oak vats.

Martin Thatcher, fourth generation cidermaker says: “I’m sure my Grandfather would be very proud to have his name on this range. He was a true artisan cidermaker and many of the skills and traditions we still hold dear today originated with him.

“He was also a pioneer, and it’s therefore fitting that we are introducing our first two canned trad ciders in his name. These are two great tasting bittersweet ciders that have been made with Stan very much in mind, using the skills and craftsmanship that he made sure to pass down through the family.”

Martin continues: “Apple cider is still the most dominant flavour within the cider category in both the on-trade and off-trade, and craft continues to attract much attention. Thatchers is all about the apple, and this range is demonstrating not only our belief in this very special fruit, but also the craft credentials that come from a long line of cidermakers here at Myrtle Farm.”

RRP for the 330ml cans is £1.99.

19 January 2017 - Sam Coyne The Drinks Report, editorial assistant