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!

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.