Apple cider vinegar is the most popular type of vinegar in the natural health community.

It is claimed to lead to all sorts of benefits, many of which are supported by science.

This includes weight loss, reduced cholesterol, lower blood sugar levels and improved symptoms of diabetes.

It is also an ancient folk remedy, and has been used for various household and cooking purposes.

Somerset Cider Vinegar is traditionally slow fermented vinegar from ciders that have been made from 100% pure cider apple juice.

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Our friends at Crafty Nectar has compiled the ‘go-to’ list of this years unmissable events for cider fans.

https://craftynectar.com/blogs/blog/uk-cider-festival-guide-2018

If you want the tastiest treats direct from cider land – contact Crafty Nectar for their selection of bottled traditional real ciders and perries.

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The ongoing aim of the Real Cider blog – to educate cider consumers about what they are drinking.

It’s been shown from recent studies, that UK drinkers are consuming less, but what is being enjoyed is better quality.

When you are buying real cider, make sure it’s 100% pressed apples and nothing else. Unfortunately, any brand now can make a ‘cider’ which seems currently a blanket word for any alcoholic fruit syrup, which is in effect tarnishing the traditional real cider industry.

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Wassail gets its name from the Old English term “waes hael”, meaning “be well” and is a tradition to awaken cider apple trees from their winter slumber. #WassailWeek

Here is our list of Wassail events across cider land –

  • Sampford Courtney, Solland Farm, EX20 3QT – Tuesday 16th January 7pm
  • Whimple Wassail Wednesday 17th January 6.30pm New Fountain Inn Organised by Whimple History Society this event has really gown in recent years and sounds a great deal of fun. Starts at 6pm at The New Fountain Inn. Whimple had a long tradition of cider making and the ceremony was restarted in 1993. All the traditional elements of the wassail are carried out
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The UK currently accounts for almost half of the global cider market, according to the National Association of Cider Makers.

After a year of ‘will they, won’t they?’, it was announced that family-based Aspall Cyder has been snapped up by brewing giant Molson Coors in a deal reported to be worth £40m.

Production will stay at Aspall Hall in Suffolk, with brothers Barry, the current chairman and Henry Chevallier Guild, remaining involved on the board, in strategic and ambassadorial capacities.

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So heres our review of this years favourite ciders to enjoy over the festive season.

All guaranteed to give you that warm glow from the inside –

Pouring draught cider at Heck’s in Somerset

  • Red Streak, Perry’s – A medium single variety lightly sparkling cider, from the Somerset Redstreak cider apple. A rich fruity taste, and interesting dark red colour, definately sets this cider apart from the rest. 6.0% ABV.

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