All of our ciders are available to buy as either 500ml or 750ml bottles or 5 litre, 10 litre and 20 litre Bags in Box. If you want a different quantity, or different packaging, just let us know – as long as it is possible, we’ll try to help.
We also make a Pure Apple Juice (available in 330ml and 750ml bottles), which is pasteurised and a raw and unpasteurised Cider Vinegar (available in 330ml and 750ml bottles and a 1 litre jerrycan. Other quantities are available on demand).
Ciderniks’ ciders are made with pure apple juice with nothing else added. So our ciders do not contain sulphites, additional sugar, sucralose, saccharrine or any of the other chemicals and agents that you may find elsewhere. The strength of the ciders produced is, therefore, dependent on the amount of fermentable sugars in the pressed apple juice.
Wherever possible, apples are sourced locally, although the cider apples are grown in Herefordshire. The mixture of apples used will produce a distinctive taste each year. Juice is allowed to finish fermentation naturally. This tends to produce a drier cider – those who prefer a sweeter taste may wish to try adding a small amount of sugar, honey, apple juice or even lemonade, before drinking.
The current ciders available include:
Combe Raider, ABV 6.5%, is made from a mixture of apple varieties, mainly cooking and eating apples, which are gathered locally. It is a light, dry cider.
Dab Hand, ABV 6.5%, is made from a blend of 75% Dabinett and 25% Michelin cider apples grown in Herefordshire. Dab Hand has a softer mouth feel, due to higher tannin levels, and a very different taste to Combe Raider.
Kingston Black, ABV 6.5%, a single varietal cider made from Kingston Black apples grown in Herefordshire. With that distinctive Kingston Black ‘nutty’ taste.
Kingston Black awarded 1st place in the 2015 CAMRA South of England Cider Competition.
Ten Years After, ABV 6.5%, a blended cider to celebrate 10 years of Ciderniks’ cidermaking in 2013 and also in memory of Alvin Lee (1944-2013), one of the greatest blues-rock guitarists and singer/ songwriters.
Freebird, ABV 7.0%, is made from a mix of cider and other apples grown in an orchard near Hungerford. It is a medium cider.
Yellow Sun, ABV 6.5%, is a blended cider made in conjunction with #twitterVforce. A donation to is made to The Vulcan to the Sky Trust with every bottle or pint sold to help maintain and preserve the Avro Vulcan, Handley Page Victor and Vickers Valiant aircraft for future generations.
To be Frank, ABV 5.6%, is a single varietal cider made from Somerset Redstreak apples grown in Herefordshire. A light, medium-dry cider.
Wooden Wonder, ABV 6.5%, is a medium-dry cider made for The People’s Mosquito. A donation is made to The People’s Mosquito with every bottle or pint sold to help fund the rebuilding of the de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito RL249 to return to Britain’s skies in the years to come.
Past ciders, which may well make a comeback in future years, include:
Cidre Nouveau, ABV 6%, made from a mixture of apple varieties, gathered locally. Cidre Nouveau becomes available if the autumn weather has allowed the current year’s pressed juice to ferment down quickly and may be drinkable as early as November. Stocks are unlikely to last beyond the spring. As Cidre Nouveau matures, it grows into Combe Raider.
Lynched, ABV 7.0%, is available in limited quantities. Lynched is made from a mix of 9 different cider apples, all grown in a single small orchard in Oxfordshire. The mix of apples is: Kingston Black, Yarlington Mill, Tremletts Bitter, Stoke Red, Northwood, Porters Pefection, Dabinett, Tom Putt and Michelin.
Vat 3, ABV 6.5%, is made from a blend of cider apples (mainly Dabinett), dessert apples and cooking apples. The result is a medium-dry cider, sweeter than Combe Raider but drier than Dab Hand.
Yellowleg, ABV 6%, a dry refreshing cider, with a hint of citric, made from a mixture of apples sourced in Inkpen. The name is derived from the old nickname for the Inkpen clayworkers and reflects the colour of the workers’ legs after a day’s work in the clay pits, rather than anything else more sinister!
Yarlington, ABV 7%, made from a single variety cider apple, Yarlington Mill. In 2005, apples were sourced from a certified organic orchard near Leominster. Yarlington has a surprisingly dark colour and a distinctive taste – you’ll either love it or hate it, but the long maturation has produced a medium cider with a soft taste.
MXD, ABV 6.5%, a medium dry cider, made from a blend of Yellowleg and Yarlington which keeps some of the distinctive taste of Yarlington, but is a little drier.
Kickstart, ABV 6.0%, made from Early Windsor apples grown near Bridport in Dorset. Kickstart is a very dry, very aromatic cider and was first sold at the Calne Bike Festival. It is named after Ogri’s dog in the Bike magazine (and now Backstreet Heroes) cartoon strip.