JFD Rare Apple Cider wins Medal at 1st ‘Cider Champion of Ireland’

May 14, 2017

JFD Rare Apple Cider wins Medal at 1st ‘Cider Champion of Ireland’

The BBI medal in our first year was a great honour, but we have to admit, winning a medal on home turf against many solid competitors, (37 ciders entered the competition we’re told!), in the Beoir Cider Competition was just that bit better.  Having drank the other medal winners cider, we know it was a very tough field overall and that the judges did a great job in the judging.

We also got a joint result in the speciality field for our Rare Apple Port Pommeau

As told by those involved it went like this, (thanks Steve and Shane),

‘…….The judges were unanimous that there was a gulf in quality between commercial and amateur ciders and as I moderately experienced amateur cider maker I know that you can’t just bung yeast in a random apple juice, wait for a few months and expect to have commercial grade stuff. The right apples are mandatory, usually a blend, and so is proper back sweetening (with real juice, nothing artificial), even if it’s only slight. Or residual sweetness from keeving, but that’s not for the faint-hearted.

Looking forward to next year already 🙂

Champion Cider of Ireland 
1st Tempted Dry Cider
2nd The Cider Mill Cockagee Cider
3rd Johnny Falldown Cider

Honourable mentions:
Tempted Elderflower
Llwellyns Dry Cider Frizzante 2014

Non-Dry Ciders
1. The Cider Mill Cockagee
2. Tempted Sweet
Highly Commended
Johnny Falldown
MacIvors Medium

Speciality Ciders
No overall winner chosen but all 4 entries highly commended for efforts.
Longueville Mor
Dan Kelly’s Whisky Cask
The Cider Mill Ice Cider
Johnny Falldown Pommeau

Original post is at: http://www.irishsourbeers.com/2017/04/inaugural-beoir-chamption-cider-of.html

and from Steve http://www.beoir.org/index.php/articles-mainmenu-36/292-beoir-cider-competition-results



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