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.

Milo’s Magic in Crafty Nectar’s October Discovery Box

Milo's Magic
Milo’s Magic

We are delighted to see that our Milo’s Magic Dorset craft cider has been included in the fabulous Crafty Nectar’s Craft Cider Discovery Box for October 2020.

Milo’s Magic is in very good company, alongside craft ciders from Watchet Cider, Hogans Cider, Colemans Cider, West Milton Cider and, last but not least, Beard and Sabre.

We hope the dedicated, cider-loving Crafty Nectar subscribers thoroughly enjoyed their October selection of ciders.

Milo’s Magic – how it got its name!

Milo modelling
Milo, contemplating Milo’s Magic

Our currently available blended cider is named Milo’s Magic. You might be wondering why…

Well, the story is that this delicious cider is named after our very special old rescue dog, Milo. And one of his most wistful expressions is featured on the label.

Milo is about 12 years old and he’s a Staffy x Collie x German Shepherd, so quite the loveable mixture. Although not the most active of dogs – he has quite severe arthritis – he does like to know what is going on. He takes a keen interest in what is happening in the cidery and likes to have a regular stroll around. He is the sweetest-natured dog you could wish to meet. We rehomed him via the Oldies Club dog rescue, which is a rescue specifically for older dogs.

We were, quite frankly, amused that you can take Milo’s Magic to mean “Magic belonging to Milo”, which is what we think the cider is, or “Milo is Magic”, which he obviously is. It really doesn’t take much to amuse us.

We plan to name future years’ blended ciders after our other dogs. Next year’s is likely to be named after Millie, who is the most mixed breed dog imaginable (according to her DNA test results) and originates from Spain. She also came to us via the Oldies Club.

That’s enough about dogs! You’re hopefully here for the cider. See full details of our fabulous cider range.