Friday 4 June 2010

Welsh Perry and cider Championships 2010

Above: Cidermakers await the results

Despite the rain there was a good turnout for the annual cider and perry championships at the Clytha Arms last weekend. The weather improved on the Sunday and by all accounts it was another successful weekend, organised by the Welsh Perry & Cider Society

Welsh Perry & Cider Championships 2010

Dry Draught Cider
Gold: Palmer's Upland Cyder Cheeky Jackdaw Cyder
Silver: Des Devlin Drunk Dragon Dry
Bronze: Blaengawney Heartbreaker

Medium Draught Cider
Gold: Seidr Dai Knotted Kernal
Silver: Rosie's Triple D Medium
Bronze: Ty-Bryn Cider, Oak Barrel Medium Sweet

Sweet Draught Cider
Gold: Springfield Dabinett
Silver: Seidr O Sir Cantref
Bronze: Rosie's Triple D Black Bart

Spirit Cask Cider
Gold: Rosie's Triple D Wicked Wasp
Silver: Berriew Bettws
Bronze: Troggi Penallt

Bottled Still Cider
Gold: Springfield Dabinett
Silver: Rosie's Triple D Rampant Ram
Bronze: Blaengawney Heartbreaker

Bottled Sparkling Cider
Gold: Ty-Bryn Cider
Silver: Blaengawney Dabinett
Bronze: Ty Gwyn Medium

Champion Cider
Gold: Springfield Dabinett
Silver: TyBryn Medium-Sweet
Bronze: Rosie's Triple D Wicked Wasp

Dry Draught Perry
Gold: Llanblethian Orchards Pick 'n Mix
Silver: Three Saints Burgundy
Bronze: Bragdy Penywern Dry

Medium Draught Perry
Gold: Ty-Bryn Blakeney Red Medium Sweet
Silver: Seidr Dai Hellen's Early
Bronze: Bragdy Brodyr Silver Lady

Sweet Draught Perry
Gold: Raglan Cider Mill Old Vicarage
Silver: Troggi Llansoy
Bronze: Gwynt Y Ddraig Two Trees
Bottled Still Perry
Gold: Blaengawney Perry
Silver: Three Saints Divine
Bronze: Rosie's Triple D Perfect Pear

Bottled Sparkling Perry
Gold: Troggi 2008-EP
Silver: Ty-Bryn Medium Sweet
Bronze: Palmer's Upland Cyder Blakeney Red

Champion Perry
Gold: Ty-Bryn Blakeney Red Medium Sweet
Silver: Raglan Cider Mill Old Vicarage
Bronze: Troggi 2008-EP

Best Newcomer: Des Devlin

Above: Alex Simmonds of Llanblethian Orchards and his award for best dry perry, the Pick n'Mix

Now regular readers of this blog know that I make some cider and perry myself, both with Seidr Dai and Llanblethian Orchards and so it was fantastic news that the Pick n' Mix Perry, a blend of Hendre Huffcap and Potato pears won the best dry perry award. Especially as it had been pointed out to us that you cannot make a good perry with Hendre Huffcap pears. Rather than blend seperate perries after fermentation, the two types of pears were fermented together to produce this award-winning perry. If you wish to try some get down to the Great Welsh Beer & Cider Festival next week in Cardiff. The secret ingredient to the perry winning was of course that it was picked and pressed on my birthday last year by myself and Alex and John. A truly bio-dynamic perry!

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