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Tasting


These ciders are predominantly identified by the presence of polyphenols, some of which illicit an impact upon aroma, and others which impact upon the taste, structure and mouthfeel.

The flavour characteristics are achieved through the use of traditional apple varieties which have been grown for centuries for the sole purpose of making cider.

Expected characteristics:

  • Aroma: ranging between fruity, spicy, medicinal or ‘funky’ (contributing to overall complexity and not being overtly dominant)
  • Flavour: a balance of acidity, bitterness, astringency, sweetness and fruitiness
  • Mouthfeel: broad, layered and complex with a long aftertaste

Sweetness parameters:

  1. Dry – cider with a Specific Gravity reading of <1.005
  2. Medium – cider with a Specific Gravity reading of 1.005 to <1.015
  3. Sweet – cider with a Specific Gravity reading of >1.015
  • - The abv can be 3% – 8.5%
  • - Includes mainstream, contemporary and premium varieties and can be still or sparkling.
  • - If the cider has been made through a bottle fermented process it should be entered into Naturally sparkling cider.
  • - If the cider has been made through a bottle conditioned process (including full methode traditionelle) it should be entered into Naturally sparkling cider.

These ciders have more acidity and fruitiness. Traditional examples of these styles of cider can be found in Central Europe, such as Western Germany and Luxembourg, whilst modern interpretations are typical of ‘New World’ cider making regions, such as USA and Australia.

These ciders can be made with specific, traditional cider apple varieties, heirloom varieties or dessert/culinary apples.

Expected characteristics:

  • Aroma: fresh citrus, green apple, apple strudel
  • Flavour: crisp or sour acidity, but with appropriate fruitiness and/or sweetness to balance
  • Mouthfeel: light and vibrant on the palette but normally with a short aftertaste

Sweetness parameters:

  1. Dry – cider with a Specific Gravity reading of <1.005
  2. Medium – cider with a Specific Gravity reading of 1.005 to <1.015
  3. Sweet – cider with a Specific Gravity reading of >1.015
  • - The abv can be 3% – 8.5%
  • - Includes mainstream, contemporary and premium varieties and can be still or sparkling.
  • - If the cider has been made through a bottle fermented process it should be entered into Naturally sparkling cider.
  • - If the cider has been made through a bottle conditioned process (including full methode traditionelle) it should be entered into Naturally sparkling cider.

These ciders are from, or are inspired by, the traditional ciders from Northern Spain. They are characterised by having medium to high levels of acidity and lower levels of tannin. They are often encouraged to some of volatile acidity and volatile phenolics.

These are still ciders. They contain large levels of dissolved carbon dioxide so are normally poured from a height to break out the carbon dioxide and invigorate the drinking experience.

These ciders can be made with specific, traditional Spanish cider apple varieties or could be made as an interpretation of the style using blends of heirloom, dessert or culinary apples and tannic apples.

Expected characteristics:

  • Aroma: fresh citrus, green apple, volatile acidity and volatile phenolics (both balanced and in proportion)
  • Flavour: crisp and/or sour acidity, light bitterness and astringency, fresh and fruity
  • Mouthfeel: light and vibrant on the palette, often with a long finish

Sweetness parameters:

These ciders are typically dry, with a Specific Gravity reading of <1.005. Consideration will be given to ciders greater than this Specific Gravity if the quality of the cider is exceptional.

  • - The abv can be 3% – 8.5%
  • - Includes mainstream, contemporary and premium varieties and can be still or sparkling.
  • - If the cider has been made through a bottle fermented process it should be entered into Naturally sparkling cider.
  • - If the cider has been made through a bottle conditioned process (including full methode traditionelle) it should be entered into Naturally sparkling cider.

These are ciders that have an undergone a fermentation within the bottle, to create a natural sparkle. Typically, these ciders will be presented with a cork and wire closure, but those sealed with a crown cap will be permitted also.

  1. Bottle conditioned
    • These ciders have undergone and completed their primary fermentation in a vessel. They have then been placed into a bottle with the addition of sugar (and possibly yeast) and then sealed. The cider undergoes a secondary fermentation in the bottle creating a natural sparkle within the cider. The cider may be left at this point with a natural yeast deposit in the bottom of the bottle, or can undergo the full methode traditionelle process, where via riddling and disgorging, the yeast is removed. Both methods are applicable in this category.
    • There are no sweetness parameters, but these styles tend to err towards the dry end of the spectrum.
    • Tannin dominant and acid dominant ciders may be entered into this category and will be judged entirely on merit of the skill and craftsmanship of the bottle conditioning process and the balance and quality of the cider.
  2. Bottle Fermented (including French Style)
    • These ciders have been placed into a bottle whilst still undergoing their primary fermentation, without the addition of any other sugar. The cider continues its primary fermentation in the bottle creating a natural sparkle within the cider. The cider will be left at this point with a natural yeast deposit in the bottom of the bottle.
    • This method is classically utilised by the traditional styles of cider made in the Normandy and Brittany regions of France. Utilising the keeving (or cuvage) method, ciders of a naturally lower alcohol and naturally higher sweetness can be achieved. These styles of ciders are characterised by bold, rich volatile phenolics and big, soft, rich tannins.
    • There are no sweetness parameters, but these styles tend to err towards the sweeter end of the spectrum, owing to the nature of the process. Tannin dominant and Acid dominant ciders may be entered into this category and will be judged entirely on merit of the skill and craftsmanship of the bottle fermenting process.
  • - 3% - 8.5% abv
  • - Defined as the fermentation of apple juice to include the addition of other fruits and flavours. There are no sweetness parameters in this Class and these ciders may be still or sparkling.
  1. Cider with Hops - This class includes Cider with the addition of hops. These hopped ciders are becoming increasingly prevalent on the global scale, especially in North America. The hops can be added at any stage of the cider making process.
  2. Cider with Herbs & Spices - This class includes Cider with the addition of Herbs & Spices. This could include, but is not limited to: rosemary, chilli, ginger, cardamom etc.
  3. Cider with Fruits & Flowers - This class includes Cider with the addition of fruits other than apple and/or flowers and blossom from plants and trees. This could include, but is not limited to: strawberry, blackcurrant, watermelon, elderflower, orange blossom, rose water etc.
  • - 3% - 20% abv
  • - This class contains ciders that do not adequately fit into any other category. Examples of ciders that could be entered into class include, but are not limited to, apple wines, fortified ciders and co-ferments (apple juice fermented with beer wort, grape must etc).
  • - Ciders in this class may be still or sparkling. There are no sweetness parameters for this class.
  • - 3% - 8.5% abv
  • - Drinks that are made from specific pears that have been grown for the intention of making a fermented drink (rather than dessert pears).
  • - Perry is characterised by the presence of tannins, which impact upon the taste, structure and mouthfeel.
  • - These drinks can be still or sparkling, including naturally sparkling.
  • - Please indicate:
    1. Dry – perry with a Specific Gravity reading of <1.005
    2. Medium – perry with a Specific Gravity reading of 1.005 to <1.015
    3. Sweet – perry with a Specific Gravity reading of >1.015
  • - 3% - 8.5% abv
  • - Modern fermented pear drinks. Made from dessert and culinary pears, these drinks do not display the tannic characters of the traditional European perry pears.
  • - These drinks can be still or sparkling, including naturally sparkling.
  • - Please indicate:
    1. Dry – perry with a Specific Gravity reading of <1.005
    2. Medium – perry with a Specific Gravity reading of 1.005 to <1.015
    3. Sweet – perry with a Specific Gravity reading of >1.015
  • - 5% - 15% abv
  • - These ciders are characterised by a high level of sweetness, and typically a higher than average percentage abv for most other ciders. This is brought about through the freeze concentration, and subsequent controlled fermentation, of apple juice.
  • - Ciders made without the addition of any other fruit or flavour.
  • - 3% - 8.5% abv
  • - This class contains ciders that have spent a considerable portion of their life, whether during fermentation and/or maturation, in a wooden vessel. These ciders contain no other fruits or flavours.
  • - These ciders will have a flavor profile that has been discernably altered by the impact of the wooden vessel it has spent time fermenting/maturing in. This includes, but is not limited to:
  • Fresh Oak
  • Ex-Spirit cask
  • Ex-Wine cask
  • Cider that has been placed into old oak vessels to aid the maturation process through the action of microflora, but where no discernable wood character has been imparted, should be entered into the relevant category in Dry CiderMedium Cider or Sweet Cider.
  • Any type of apple may be used for these ciders, and could they could display either tannin dominant or acid dominant characteristics. They will be judged on their balance, execution, cider making skill and hedonic enjoyment.
  • Ciders in this class may be still or sparkling. There are no sweetness parameters for this class.
  • - Products in this category are ciders with a percentage abv between 0.5% and 3% abv.
  • - There is no classic profile for this type of cider, and the end product will vary widely dependent upon the apple variety used and the methods through which this range of alcohol has been achieved.
  • - Credit will be given to ciders which demonstrate good body, complexity and balance.
  • - Ciders in this class may be still or sparkling. There are no sweetness parameters for this class.
  • - 3% - 20% abv
  • - This class contains ciders that do not adequately fit into any other category. Examples of ciders that could be entered into class include, but are not limited to, apple wines, fortified ciders and co-ferments (apple juice fermented with beer wort, grape must etc).
  • - Ciders in this class may be still or sparkling. There are no sweetness parameters for this class.

Design & Packaging

Individual Product – A solo product being entered to be judged individually on its own merits.

Product Range - A product range can consist of a portfolio of products where the design and packaging have been deliberately co-ordinated to be sold as a range of products. Solo products cannot simply be entered together as a group.

Established - A product that has been established in the marketplace and the design and packaging has not been altered in the last 12 months.

New - A new product which has entered the market place in the last 12 months.

Repackaged - A product that has been established in the marketplace but the design and packaging has received an overhaul in the last 12 months. Examples of the old and new packaging must be provided either in physical or photographic format.