THE ancient art of keeving cider is alive and kicking in Somerset, with Worley’s Cider of Shepton Mallet winning the Nigel Barden Heritage Award at this year’s Great Taste Golden Fork presentation evening.
The award was made for Worley’s “sophisticated, clean and homely … dry, crisp and sharp” Special Reserve, a medium 5.4% ABV keeved Somerset cider, which is made in the traditional way on a 17th century farm in the Mendip hills, the heartland of cider making.
Broadcaster and cook Nigel Barden said: “This product reeks of heritage as it uses a system that’s hundreds of years old wherein the elixir is unfiltered, unpasteurised and bottle conditioned, creating a natural carbonation.
“The cider apples that make this brew herald from the Somerset Levels, a warm silty plain with the perfect growing conditions of plenty of rain and sunshine. Some are fat and knobbly, others small and mean, however they produce an absolute belter of a 5.4% cider, being delicate, elegant and gently fizzy.”
The cidery now produces 30,000 litres annually and exports to the USA, Canada, New Zealand and Hong Kong.”
Pictured: John Farrand of the Guild of Fine Food, Neil Worley of Worley’s Cider, with Nigel Barden and Keith Jordan from award sponsors Dunbia.