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07th June, 2019

Over the four days of the show, almost 1500 people took the opportunity to judge some of Britain’s finest ciders and cast their votes for their favourite:  dry ciders on Wednesday, mediums on Thursday and sweets on Friday.  In the final judge off on the Saturday of the show, “Silly Cow Sweet” came out on top, with last year’s winner, a sweet cider from Ridge and Furrow Cider made at nearby Cullompton, in second.

Paul Courtney, who helps run the cider business alongside his full-time job with Vigo Presses of Dunkeswell, explains that Courtneys of Whimple is very much a family business:

“We started making cider 10 years ago when we bought the old Whiteways cider orchard next to our home. As a small family-run business, we are passionate about apples and everything apple-related.”

“Everything is natural. We don’t spray our trees or use fertilisers, letting nature do the job for us! Our Silly Cow Sweet Cider is naturally fermented using only the natural yeasts on the apple skins, without the use of sulphites, before being filtered and lightly pasteurised to retain the deep flavours of our apples. Our ciders are all made with 100% apple juice from apples grown in our own orchard, with as little intervention from ourselves as possible.”

“We are very proud of our Silly Cow Cider, not least because it won Silver in the Japanese Cider & Perry Competition last year! We are absolutely delighted to have been voted the People’s Choice at the Bath and West this year, and thank everyone who took part. This is a real vote of confidence from the people whose opinion matters most – our customers, be they existing or potential!”

The full list of ciders which made it through to the final judge-off is as follows:

Dry ciders:

  • Stone’s Dry
  • Harry’s Cider Haymaker

Medium Ciders:

  • Broadpool Cider Medium
  • Taunton Cider Company Medium

Sweet Ciders: 

  • Silly Cow Sweet
  • Ridge and Furrow Sweet


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