Thatchers Vintage Cider made from English apples wins international award

A cider made from apples grown in Somerset by the family-run business Thatchers Cider Company has won an international award.

Thatchers Vintage Cider was named Champion Cider at the International Brewing Awards 2013 at a ceremony in London.

Managing director Martin Thatcher was presented with the Champion’s Trophy by the chairman of the judges Bill Taylor.

Thatcher said: "This competition was judged by a panel of expert cider makers in a blind tasting. That’s what makes this award extra special."

The International Brewing Awards is a bi-annual event that has been running since 1886.

Thatchers cider makers use a blend of bittersweet apple varieties – including Dabinett, Somerset Redstreak and Tremlett’s Bitter - to make the vintage cider.

The apples are pressed and the cider is aged in 100-year-old oak vats to give it its flavour. 

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