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New cidermakers Tom & Lydia are committed environmentalists and passionate about making natural cider completely without additives. They live in the Golden Valley, just outside Hay-on-Wye on the Welsh border, where they grow all their own food according to permaculture principles, and are currently in the process of planting their own orchard. While the orchard is growing they source all their fruit from unsprayed traditional orchards in their local area.


Bottled on the morning of Samhain (the Celtic festival for the transition from the end of harvest to winter) this is a cider dedicated to the qualities of the special Knotted Kernel variety of apple.  Once thought a lost variety it was rediscovered growing in New Zealand in the 1980s. HOWEVER Lydia and Tom proved this wrong by discovering  a few 60 year old trees surviving in one of their orchards. A special little apple - about the size of a large cherry - and ruby red in colour it produces a charming aroma in the cider that reminds us of Petrichor (the smell of rain hitting the earth).  

Artistraw - Samhain 2020


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  • Name Samhain
    Producer Artistraw
    Style Medium Still Cider 
    Country UK
    Region Cidery - Clifford, Herefordshire. 
    Vintage 2020
    Varieties Orchard Blend (Duffryn & Jury).  Mostly Knotted Kernel with some cookers, Lambrook Pippin, Kingston Black and Foxwhelp. 
    ABV % 6.7
    SO2 None added
    Production Unsprayed, traditional standard orchards. Natural fermentation. Unfined. Unfiltered. Unpasteurised.  Vegan. Naturally sparkling.
    Tasting notes Petrichor + Sous Bois + Berries
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