Thatchers and Westons launch on-trend ciders ahead of the summer season

Thatchers' 2016 Vintage Cider is made from bittersweet apples "to create a classic cider that is deep in flavour yet light in colour", the company says.

Thatchers Cider orchard - image:HW
Thatchers Cider orchard - image:HW

Matured in oak vats, the medium dry 7.4% abv cider is pressed, blended and bottled at its Myrtle Farm near Weston-super-Mare. The branding "focussing on the authentic family story that Vintage has to tell", it says, yet has "a lighter, brighter and more contemporary feel".

It is available from supermarkets including Tesco, Sainsbury, Asda, Morrisons and Coop, and from Thatchers website, priced at £1.80 for a 500ml bottle.

Westons Cider meanwhile has added a berry-flavoured variant to its successful premium Mortimer's Orchard brand.

Mortimer's Orchard – English Berry Cider is made from bittersweet, sharp and sweet apples, matured in oak and blended with berry fruits. The 4% abv cider is exclusively available on draught to the premium on-trade from this month.

Mortimer’s Orchard brand manager Tessa Holden said: "The launch follows our market insight and research which has identified that whilst draught fruit cider is growing spectacularly at 85% year-on-year, there is a limited super-premium offering within draught fruit cider."


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