Perry good UK award for Eskdale producer

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WAULKMILL Cider of Langholm has become the first Scottish producer to win an award at CAMRA’s prestigious national cider and perry championship.

Craft cider maker Chris Harrison, who was recently crowned Scotland’s artisan drink producer of the year at the Scottish Rural Awards, won silver for Mooseheid Perry at the championships at the Reading Beer and Cider Festival.

The competition featured ciders and perries from around the UK, with each judged on its individual taste, aroma, flavour, after-taste and overall appeal.

The top awards were selected by a specially-chosen panel of judges with the final stage consisting of judging 24 ciders and 24 perries which had made it through to the finals after a year of local tasting panels and regional heats.

The event is organised by CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, and 2017 is its 29th year of campaigning for real cider and perry.

Waulkmill Cider uses predominantly Scottish heritage varieties of apples and pears. Mooseheid Perry includes the Jedburgh pear Muirfowl Egg which contributes to its unique flavour profile.

Waulkmill has also won accolades for rejuvenating ancient orchards in southern Scotland and adopting a zero waste approach to production.

Chris said he was thrilled to win the silver award. "It’s taken a while to sink in that a Scottish perry has won such a prestigious national award. The CAMRA championships are the top cider and perry awards in the UK and I didn’t for a minute expect a Scottish drink to rank so highly.

“I’m delighted Mooseheid Perry found favour with the judges. While being unique in using Scottish-grown and native varieties of pear, its production method and the spirit of the drink is very much that of a traditional perry and that's been reflected in the kind words of the judges.

“I’ve been overwhelmed with the response and support of the industry since the award and I’m thrilled to see Mooseheid Perry now being put on tap in some of the best cider pubs in the UK.”

Andrea Briers, CAMRA national cider and perry committee chairman, said: "I would like to congratulate Waulkmill Cider for becoming the first Scottish producer to win any award in CAMRA's national cider and perry championship.

"Mooseheid Perry has a sweet and sour aroma of pear and crab apple and is a very refreshing drink.

“It's a huge achievement to win a national perry award outside of the traditional cider making regions and a testament to the growth of traditional cider in Scotland.”

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 9:22AM
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