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CiderCompetitionWe’ve had the regional cider and perry award, then the National Cider and Perry Awards, now we have the results for the largest cider award of the year.

The results of the International Cider & Perry Competition held at the Cider Museum in Hereford on Wednesday 12th May 2010 are as follows.

The judges were:

Mr. John Thatcher of Thatchers Cider;
Mr. James Crowden, Author & Poet and
Mr. Nicholas Bulmer, Master Distiller.

A total of 110 entries were received from 30 cidermakers from throughout the United Kingdom.

Overall Champion  – Gwynt-y-Ddraig Cider, Pontypridd, Mid Glamorgan (Medium Cider)

Class 1 – Dry Cider

  1. H. Weston & Sons Ltd., Much Marcle, Herefordshire
  2. Ross-on-Wye Cider & Perry Co. Ltd., Peterstow, Herefordshire
  3. Mr. Stuart Cooper, Checkley, Hereford

Class 2 – Medium Cider

  1. Gwynt-y-Ddraig Welsh Cider & Perry Co., Pontypridd, Mid Glamorgan
  2. Gwatkin Cider Co. Ltd., Abbey Dore, Herefordshire
  3. The Amazing Cider Company, Kynaston, Ledbury, Herefordshire

Class 3 – Sweet Cider

  1. Gwatkin Cider Co. Ltd., Abbey Dore, Herefordshire
  2. Rosie’s Triple D Cider, Llandegla, Wrexham, Denbighshire
  3. Ross-on-Wye Cider & Perry Co Ltd, Peterstow, Herefordshire

Class 4 – Perry

  1. Joint First Burrow Hill Cider, Martock, Somerset & Gwatkin Cider Co. Ltd., Abbey Dore, Herefordshire
  2. H. Weston & Sons Ltd., Much Marcle, Herefordshire

Class 5 – Single Variety Cider

  • No prizes awarded.

Class 6 – In-Bottle Fermented Cider or Perry

  1. Joint First Oliver’s Cider & Perry Ltd, Ocle Pychard, Herefordshire & Once Upon A Tree, Putley, Ledbury, Herefordshire

Class 7 – Best Presented Packaged Cider or Perry

  1. Ashridge Cider, Totnes, Devon
  2. Oliver’s Cider & Perry Ltd, Ocle Pychard, Herefordshire
  3. Gwynt-y-Ddraig Cider, Pontypridd, Mid Glamorgan

Want to know what the terms and conditions are for entering such a prestigious award?

CONDITIONS
1. All entries to be Cider or Perry, made from not less than 75% cider apples or
perry pears, which must be naturally matured.  Addition of sulphur dioxide is
permitted.  Cider and Perry may be sweetened with sugar only.
2. Not more than 1 entry per class per entrant permitted.
3. Entries for Classes 1-5 to be presented in one-gallon clear glass demijohns,
bearing a tie-on label stating name and class number. Entries for Class 5 to
state the variety of apple used. In all cases corks only should be used but not
wired down. Entries may, if necessary, be submitted in bottles to be decanted
into demijohns on the day of the judging.  In this case, sufficient bottles must
be supplied to provide approximately 4.5 litres of product.
4. Class 6 entries to be contained in bottles with tie-on label.  Corks should be
wired down and bottles should conform to safety standards i.e. toughened
glass, with a punt (e.g. Champagne-type bottle).  Entries with crown caps will
NOT be accepted.
5. Class 7 entries to be presented in retail dress (contained in bottles,
capped/corked and labelled, or contained in cans) to be judged on presentation
only.
6. All entry forms and fees must be received by the Cider Museum by 4th
May 2010.
7. Entries to be delivered to the Cider Museum, 21 Ryelands Street, Hereford by
12 noon on Tuesday, 11th May 2010.  No late entries will be accepted.
N.B.  Overseas entries to be submitted ‘duty paid’.
8. Cider and Perry must be the product of the entrant and not obtained from
elsewhere.
9. The Judges’ decision will be final.
10. The Judges reserve the right not to award a prize or certificate if, for example,
it is considered that the entries do not meet the required standard.
N.B.  It is requested that Prize Exhibits should remain on display at the Museum until
Tuesday, 18th May 2010.
All other cider and perry to be collected from the Museum by 5.00 pm on Wednesday
12th May 2010. Entries remaining after that date will be disposed of at the discretion
of the Museum Director.
  1. All entries to be Cider or Perry, made from not less than 75% cider apples or perry pears, which must be naturally matured.  Addition of sulphur dioxide is permitted.  Cider and Perry may be sweetened with sugar only.
  2. Not more than 1 entry per class per entrant permitted.
  3. Entries for Classes 1-5 to be presented in one-gallon clear glass demijohns, bearing a tie-on label stating name and class number. Entries for Class 5 to state the variety of apple used. In all cases corks only should be used but not wired down. Entries may, if necessary, be submitted in bottles to be decanted into demijohns on the day of the judging.  In this case, sufficient bottles must be supplied to provide approximately 4.5 litres of product.
  4. Class 6 entries to be contained in bottles with tie-on label.  Corks should be wired down and bottles should conform to safety standards i.e. toughened glass, with a punt (e.g. Champagne-type bottle).  Entries with crown caps will NOT be accepted.
  5. Class 7 entries to be presented in retail dress (contained in bottles, capped/corked and labelled, or contained in cans) to be judged on presentation only.
  6. Cider and Perry must be the product of the entrant and not obtained from elsewhere.
  7. The Judges’ decision will be final.
  8. The Judges reserve the right not to award a prize or certificate if, for example, it is considered that the entries do not meet the required standard.

There have been awards for cider makers both sides of the pond this week, with the Fifth annual Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition taking place.

Congratulations to Snowdrift Cider who are the newest cider producers in America, even so their cider brought home two medals a bronze in the English Style, and a gold in the New England Style category.

As well as our friends at Eden Ice Cider who won both gold and silver with their blends in the Intensified Cider & Perry category.

There were also a good representation of English cider makers, Henneys, Olivers, Aspall, and Weston‘s all winning awards.

Here are the results that include English cider makers:

Category 27b – English Cider (10 Entries)
Gold – Westcott Bay Cider Westcott Bay, Traditional Dry Cider, Friday Harbor, WA
Silver – Westcott Bay Cider, Westcott Bay Traditional Very Dry Cider, Friday Harbor, WA
Silver – Henney’s Cider Co., Frome Valley Sweet, Herefordshire, England
Silver – Oliver’s Cider House, Hereforshire Medium Cider, Herefordshire, England
Bronze – Aspall Cyders, Aspall Dry Cider, Suffolk, England
Bronze – Aspall Cyders, Aspall Medium Cider, Suffolk, England
Bronze – Oliver’s Cider House, Herefordshire Dry Cider, Herefordshire, England
Bronze – Henney’s Cider Co., Vintage, Herefordshire, England
Category 27e – Traditional Perry (2 Entries)
Silver – Oliver’s Cider House, Herefordshire Dry Perry, Herefordshire, England
Bronze – Oliver’s Cider House, Blakeney Red Perry, Herefordshire, England
Category 2006-1 Macro Cider (8 Entries)
Silver – H.Weston and Sons Ltd., Old Rosie Cloudy Scrumpy, Herefordshire, England
Silver – Green Mountian Beverage, Woodchuck Draft Cider – Amber, Middlebury, VT
Silver – Green Mountian Beverage, Woodchuck Draft Cider – Oak Aged, Middlebury, VT
Silver – Green Mountian Beverage, Strongbow, Middlebury, VT
Silver – Green Mountian Beverage, Woodchuck Draft Cider – Granny Smith, Middlebury, VT
Silver – H.Weston and Sons Ltd., Stowford Press Medium Dry Draft, Herefordshire, England
Silver – Green Mountian Beverage, Wyder’s Pear Cider, Middlebury, VT
Silver – Original Sin, Original Sin Pear Cider, New York, NY

English Cider (10 Entries)

  • Gold – Westcott Bay Cider Westcott Bay, Traditional Dry Cider, Friday Harbor, WA
    Silver – Westcott Bay Cider, Westcott Bay Traditional Very Dry Cider, Friday Harbor, WA
  • Silver – Henney’s Cider Co., Frome Valley Sweet, Herefordshire, England
  • Silver – Oliver’s Cider House, Hereforshire Medium Cider, Herefordshire, England
  • Bronze – Aspall Cyders, Aspall Dry Cider, Suffolk, England
  • Bronze – Aspall Cyders, Aspall Medium Cider, Suffolk, England
  • Bronze – Oliver’s Cider House, Herefordshire Dry Cider, Herefordshire, England
  • Bronze – Henney’s Cider Co., Vintage, Herefordshire, England

Traditional Perry (2 Entries)

  • Silver – Oliver’s Cider House, Herefordshire Dry Perry, Herefordshire, England
  • Bronze – Oliver’s Cider House, Blakeney Red Perry, Herefordshire, England

Notes on the above categories – Apple or pear only, fermented from single strength juice, with standard cellar treatments

Macro Cider (8 Entries)

  • Silver – H.Weston and Sons Ltd., Old Rosie Cloudy Scrumpy, Herefordshire, England
  • Silver – H.Weston and Sons Ltd., Stowford Press Medium Dry Draft, Herefordshire, England

Notes on this category – for ciders or perries that aim to be standard in style but do not wish to be constrained by ingredient requirements

The full results are on Old Time Cider web site.

As Dave from the old time site says “I urge you all to pick up any of these ciders on the list or even any local craft cider you can find”.

Here, here! Congratulations to all the winners and all the entrants. We look forward to seeing lots more entries next year. In the meantime, keep up the excellent work cider makers!