We’re having an Open Day! — Saturday 16th April 2022

Temple Farm Sign

UPDATE: Our Open Day was a great success and we met some really interesting people, including the lovely folk from Dorset Nectar who popped by to say hello. In fact, we enjoyed the day so much that we are hoping to do it all again towards the end of May, so look out for more details nearer the time!

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An open day at Temple Cider!

Now that our little cider shed is licensed, we have been selling cider direct from the farm by appointment. We’ve loved meeting the people who have visited so far, and it’s been great to chat craft cider with like-minded folk.

So, we have decided to take the plunge and have an Open Day on Saturday 16th April 2022 between 10:30am and 4:00pm. Our cider shed will be open for you can call in to buy cider to take away, without having to contact us in advance. Splendid!

Also, we are pleased to say that we can now take payment by card as well as cash. Marvellous!

We will have all of our bottled ciders available, plus Temple Medium and Temple Dry draft ciders to take away in your own containers, or in our 2L and 4L containers. We can also make up a 3-bottle gift pack with your choice of our 500ml bottles.

Please don’t turn up expecting a huge visitor experience though! It’s just the shed where we make the cider. There’s our cider press and tanks, and we can point out our new orchard on the horizon, but that’s about as exciting as it gets. 🙂

Our location is on Google Maps. The postcode is DT8 3LD, but note that sat nav will take you to a neighbouring property instead, as that’s where the postcode is centred. So, approaching from the B3165 (between Lyme Regis and Crewkerne), near to Blackdown Village Hall, turn onto Specket Lane and then we are the first turning on the left. It’s a steep downhill driveway.

If you can’t make it on Saturday, you can always contact us to make an appointment for another day. And we might have another open day or two in the summer. Let’s see how it goes!

We’re really looking forward to seeing you on Saturday 16th April, 10:30 – 16:00. Hoping for sunshine!

Buy cider from us in person!

Temple Dry bag in Box
Temple Dry bag-in-box

Our little West Dorset cidery is now licensed and so you can visit us to buy cider in person. How exciting is that? Very! We just ask that you give us a call in advance to make sure that we are around to help you. Our farm is just off the Lyme Regis to Crewkerne road.

There isn’t a shop, as such, and there is certainly no visitor centre or tour, but you will get the opportunity to step into our small but perfectly formed cider shed. You can catch a glimpse of the fermenting cider in tanks and also sneak a glance at our trusty rack-and-cloth cider press.

Cider press
The cider press where the magic begins

As well as our full range of bottled ciders, we also have draft ciders available. Temple Dry and Temple Medium-dry are still, farmhouse style ciders, available in 2 litre and 4 litre take away containers. You will need to keep these in the fridge and drink within a couple of weeks. Or you could go the whole hog and buy a 20 litre bag-in-box, which is a very economical option. Once opened, bag-in-box cider should be good for two to three months, especially if you keep it cool.

You are also most welcome to bring your own, clean containers to be filled with draft cider.

We don’t sell our cider online, but if you aren’t able to visit us you can see a list of stockists here.

If we have whetted your appetite and you’d like to visit to buy cider, email us or phone 07952 331761. We look forward to hearing from you and then meeting you at the cider shed!

Yarlington Mill gains high praise from a Pommelier!

Yarlington Mill cider bottle
Yarlington Mill single variety cider

If you’re anything like us, you love trying single variey ciders, and Yarlington Mill is one of our very favourite apple varieties.

Lots of cider makers produce a Yarlington Mill cider, and the highly informed Cider Review website decided to research and publish an article that compares a selection of Yarly ciders. It is an excellent article, titled The Yarlington Millathon, and was written by the fabulous James Finch (@TheCiderCritic).

Research for the article involved James tasting 15 Yarlington Mill ciders, including our award-winning 2020 single variety, in amongst Yarly ciders from a range of other cider makers in the South West and also some makers in Herefordshire.

We were absolutely delighted to read James’s review of our cider as he seemed to find it most enjoyable. In fact he placed it in his favourite seven ciders in the tasting. His comments in the conclusion are as follows: “Temple Cider – loved how much of the fruit was on show here. Needs a little more time to develop in the bottle I think, but as my first try from this producer I’m really impressed, must try the rest of their range”.

And James certainly knows what he’s talking about as he’s recently qualified as a fully-fledged Official Pommelier. Huge congratulations on this great achievement, James!

Yarlington Mill is a favourite cider apple of many craft cider lovers. It is a bittersweet apple which makes a delicious single variety cider, as well as being excellent as a co-ferment, or when used as part of a blended cider. It produces a juicy and fruity cider that is often described as being like caramelised apple with spicy notes reminiscent of cinnamon. It’s a bit like drinking a tarte tatin!

Do have a read of James’s full Yarlington Millathon article here.

And find details of our Yarlington Mill and all of our other Dorset craft ciders here.

Michelin keeved review ~ Cork & Crown video #300

Michelin keeved review

Described as “something a little bit special” by the inimitable Chris of Cork & Crown in his 300th cider review video. It’s our one and only, award-winning, Michelin single-variety keeved cider.

We love Chris’s videos and this one certainly didn’t disappoint. And there’s as much information about cheese as there is about cider. Fabulous stuff!

“Gorgeous nose” reminiscent of tarte tatin, and a flavour that is “really good”. We’ll very happily take those comments for our very first attempt at keeving. Thanks so much, Chris!

If you’d like to try this very special cider for yourself, it is currently available online from Scrattings, here. It was a very small batch though so you’ll need to get in there quickly to avoid missing out!

IWSC award-winning ciders

IWSC bronze award
IWSC Bronze Award

We are very happy to announce that we now have two IWSC award-winning ciders!

Crazily, in only our second year of cidermaking, we decided to enter some of our 2020 vintage ciders in the International Wine & Spirit Competition‘s 100% Fermented Fruit Exclusive Tasting.

In collaboration with Cider Is Wine, the IWSC held the first 100% juice, not-from-concentrate ciders, perries and fruit wines tasting. The aim was to “raise awareness amongst the trade and industry, and champion this under-explored category, as well as awarding medals to outstanding products”.

Some of the finest palates in the land took part in the tasting, which took place in July 2021. We are therefore absolutely delighted to announce that we were awarded two bronze medals! Our bronze award winners are:

  • Michelin single variety 2020 keeved, pét nat 75cl fine cider
  • Yarlington Mill single variety 2020 500ml cider
IWSC award-winning ciders
Our IWSC bronze award-winning craft ciders

When we look at the quality of the other cidermakers who also won bronze awards, we feel very proud and priviledged that our ciders were rated similarly to them.

You can read full details of these two special ciders, and our full range of ciders, here.

Fine ciders on the way!

Fine cider
Our new 75cl special, wild-fermented ciders

The term fine cider can be pretty divisive in craft cider land, but it tends to be used for ciders that are similar to our new, limited edition ciders. Therefore we are giving the fine cider term a whirl here; apologies if it offends! Another good name for them is natural ciders.

We have three, 2020 vintage, special ciders, hitherto known as “the experiments” which we have just released. All are in 75cl bottles, so wine bottle sized, and they are naturally fermented using only the wild yeasts.

They are naturally sparkling, pétillant naturel (pét nat), another fancy term, also known as the ancestral method. This is where the cider is bottled before fermentation has completed and so fermentation continues in the bottle, trapping the carbon dioxide that is produced naturally. This carbon dioxide gives the cider a fine, natural fizziness. And who doesn’t love a bit of natural sparkle?

All three of our fine ciders are pét nat, and one of them is also keeved. Keeving is a fairly complex, traditional method of producing a naturally sweet cider. However no sugar or artificial sweetener is involved, so that’s just marvellous.

The three new ciders are all unpasteurised, unfiltered and have no added sulphite. They are made using 100% handpicked, unsprayed apples that we picked and pressed ourselves. We also did the bottling, designed the labels and stuck the labels on the bottles. You can’t get more artisanal and hand-produced cider than this!

Below is a short summary of the individual ciders. Full details are on Our Ciders now.

Bramley & Chisel Jersey co-ferment 2020 pét nat 75cl

Made from 100% handpicked, unsprayed Bramley and Chisel Jersey apples that were co-fermented. Bottle fermented with the natural yeasts, naturally sparkling (pét nat), dry cider. Unpasteurised and unfiltered. 7% abv.
Refreshing acidity, a beautiful colour and fine bubbles. Paul’s new favourite cider.

Kingston Black single variety 2020 pét nat 75cl

Made from 100% handpicked, unsprayed Kingston Black apples. Bottle fermented with the natural yeasts, naturally sparkling (pét nat), dry cider. Unpasteurised and unfiltered. 7.4% abv.
Delicate citrus notes with moderate tannins and fine bubbles.

Michelin single variety 2020 keeved, pét nat 75cl

Made from 100% handpicked, unsprayed Michelin apples. Bottle fermented with the natural yeasts, naturally sparkling (pét nat) and keeved to produce a naturally medium-sweet cider (no sugar or sweetener added). Unpasteurised and unfiltered. 5.2% abv.
Subtly sweet with hints of mandarin orange and with fine bubbles.

Availability

We have very limited quantities of these fine ciders and they will only be available from a small number of stockists. Full details will appear on Where to buy soon.

Millie’s Magic cider – out now!

Millie's Magic craft cider
Millie’s Magic cider

Millie’s Magic cider – medium dry: it’s out now!

We have just released our brand new, medium dry cider, named after our crazy old rescue dog, Millie. It is a quaffable, lightly sparkling, medium dry cider. We love our dry ciders here at Temple Cider but we realise that some people do prefer a slightly sweeter cider. Millie’s Magic is by no means overtly sweet, but we have added some of our delicious pressed Dabinett apple juice to the fully fermented cider, to give that touch of additional sweetness.

As always with our ciders, there is no added sugar or artificial sweetener, in fact no nasty additives at all. The sweetness comes purely from the delicious pure apple juice that we used to back-sweeten the cider immediately prior to bottling. It is a lightly sparkling and very easy drinking cider and has already gained some lovely positive comments. We hope that you like it too!

As always, we handpicked the apples for this cider, from one unsprayed, non-commercial orchard. We picked the apples when they were at their optimum ripeness and quality. Then we pressed the apples on our rack and cloth press and added a little cultured yeast to aid the naturally occurring wild yeasts. No sulphites were added. It is gluten-free and vegan, as for all of our ciders.

For our blended ciders, we like to feature one of our ‘blended’ mongrel, rescue dogs on the label. This convention amuses us much more than it probably should.

Millie’s Magic is already available at Scrattings Craft Cider Shop and The Cider Shack and will be with more of our stockists very soon.

See our full range of ciders here.

Yarlington Mill cider – out now!

Yarlington Mill cider
Yarlington Mill single variety

Yarlington Mill cider – single variety: it’s out now!

We have just released a brand new cider made solely from Yarlington Mill apples. It’s a luscious, lightly sparkling dry cider. We love a well-made dry cider here at Temple Cider and this one is light and refreshing. Perfect on a sunny day.

As always, we hand picked the apples for this cider, from one unsprayed, non-commercial orchard. We picked the apples in two lots, four weeks apart, so that the fruit was at its optimum ripeness and quality. Then we pressed the apples on our rack and cloth press and added a little cultured yeast to aid the naturally occurring wild yeasts. No sulphites were added. It is gluten-free and vegan, as for all of our ciders.

And, as if that wasn’t exciting enough, we will be announcing the release of another new cider very soon. It will be our very first medium dry cider! But still no sugar, sweetener or nasty additives involved as it is sweetened with our pressed Dabinett apple juice just before bottling.

We… cannot… wait…

Oh, and the label might just feature yet another Temple Cider old dog!

See our full range of ciders here.

Cider Reviews

When we have a bit of spare time, in between making cider and working on our other jobs, we like to read a few reviews of our cider. It’s so fascinating to find out the aromas and flavours that different people pick up on.

Quite by accident, we happened upon this fabulous video review of our 2019 vintage, single variety 100% Kingston Black still cider. It’s by Chris at Cork & Crown in London, who is clearly extremely knowledgeable and is also a great orator. His videos are so watchable.

The only trouble with watching Chris’s reviews is that once you’ve watched one, it’s far too easy to keep on watching “just one more”. And then you suddenly realise that two or three hours have gone by. But it is time very well time spent in order to further one’s education about real craft cider!

If you prefer to read reviews, the Good Cider Guide website recently reviewed our three ciders from the 2019 harvest. You can find their reviews via the following links:

Milo’s Magic cider review

Whiskey Barrel Aged cider review

Kingston Black cider review

Considering 2019 was the first year that we made cider in ernest, with a view to actually selling some, we are pretty chuffed with these reviews.

Cider and daffodils

Remember that all of our ciders are made from 100% freshly pressed apples that we picked ourselves. We press the apples here on our farm in our small cidery. There is no industrial processing involved, no apple concentrate, no nasty additives, and no sugar or artificial sweeteners added.

Fermenting and sampling

Craft Cider Sample
Essential sampling of the cider

It is pretty cold in the cider shed right now, but this is a fascinating time of year in the craft cider calendar.

The delicious juice we pressed from the bountiful 2020 apple harvest has been busily fermenting. Paul keeps a close eye on the progress of the fermentation. He racks off the fermenting juice into clean tanks at appropriate times, leaving the lees (sediment) behind. We also sample the developing ciders to make sure all is going well. By sampling regularly we can also formulate a plan of the various ciders we will be able to create.

Some tanks contain co-ferments, which means that more than one variety of apple was pressed together and the juices are fermenting together. We are particularly excited about our Bramley / Chisel Jersey co-ferment.

Other tanks contain fermenting juice pressed from a single variety of apple. Some of this is destined to create single-variety cider, or we might blend it with other single varieties or co-ferments prior to bottling. This planning and sampling is a particularly creative activity and one that we love.

The only essential task that we don’t really enjoy in the cold weather is washing down the tanks!