When not pruning or planting trees, I am also one third of a small cider making business, The Poltimore Cider Press. We make around 3000 litres a year using cider apples from our own and other local orchards.
We produce Knapper’s Farmhouse Cider. You might call it a traditional Devonshire cider, as it is made with plenty of old Devon varieties known as ‘pure sweets’ – Slack-Ma-Girdle, Northwood, Court Royal, Sweet Coppin to name a few. These have less tannins then some of the traditional Somerset or Hereford cider varieties but have a high sugar content, producing the kind of strong, medium-dry cider that our East Devon ancestors might have recognised!
We also make Knapper’s Elderflower Cider, liquid proof that the apple and our native hedgerow friend the elderflower were always meant to be together! None of your fizzy, alco-pop rubbish here, this is proper farmhouse cider blended with the glorious floral sweetness of elderflower heads. It is proving to be a big hit with the punters!
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