National Cider and Perry Championships
Mayfayre’s Cider & Cleeve Orchard’s Perry
Mayfayre’s Cider (Herefordshire) and Cleeve Orchard’s Perry (Ross-on-Wye) took home the crown at this year’s National Cider and Perry Championship.
Mayfayre’s Cider impressed judges for being well-balanced and more-ish, boasting distinct spicy and woody notes and a dry aftertaste. In contrast, Cleeve Orchard’s Perry won the title for its floral and full-bodied flavour, which had a hint of smoke in the aftertaste.
The winners are chosen at the Reading Beer and Cider Festival in May, which features over 550 beers and 150 ciders and perries, plus a selection of foreign beers, wines and mead.
Each cider and perry in the competition is judged on its individual taste, aroma, flavour, after-taste and overall appeal. The top awards were selected by a specially chosen panel of both experienced and novice judges.