International Cider Challenge 2014 results

20 June, 2014

With more medals awarded than ever before, the 2014 International Cider Challenge was the best yet. An elite judging panel of producers, drinks writers, buyers and cider technicians tasted 150 ciders blind to unearth the very best in the business.

The record-breaking medal haul comprised 14 golds, 38 silvers and 59 bronzes, selected from a truly international field that included niche ciders from as far afield as Croatia, Canada and Cambodia in addition to dozens from the more established cider nations such as the UK, US and Ireland.

Judge Oliver O’Mara, product manager for local and regional at Waitrose, said: “It’s great that so many cidermakers have entered and a real challenge to distinguish the winners of gold, silver and bronze medals.

“Whenever I talk to Waitrose people in our branches they’re passionate about cider. Consumers are really starting to think about the products and where they’ve come from and there are some great producers out there making cider with real authenticity and craft.”

Nick Pring, who both makes and retails cider at Green Valley Cyder near Exeter, added: “There was a very high standard. It’s got to be good for the industry and it’s showing that quality is so important to the future of the market.”

Beer and cider writer Tim Hampson said: “The overall quality is higher than in previous years and it’s getting harder for good ciders to stand out.”

Danielle Jack, technical & development manager at Tesco, said: “We found an interesting range of taste profiles and had a really good discussion. The range of ciders and the quality on offer shows craftsmanship.”

In the end, the title of Supreme Champion went to France and to Cidre Bigoud’s Le Brun Demi Sec, the trophy winner in the medium cider section of the awards.

Bigoud’s Le Brun Biologique won the trophy for organic ciders for the second year running and was highly commended in the Supreme Champion stakes.

Cognac house Camus scored another trophy success for France with its Domaine Pinnacle Summit Selection taking the prize in the specialist section.

The trophy wins demonstrated the increasingly international strength of cider. Spain was a surprise winner in the craft cider category, with the trophy going to Custom Drinks for Maeloc Natural.

Denmark’s Cold Hand Winery was the trophy winner in bottle-fermented cider with its Vinter cider.

The perry prize went to the UK and to Herefordshire’s Henry Westons brand.


Supreme Tasting Champion                      Supreme Design & Packaging Champion 

Cidre le Brun Demi Sec                                Jake's Orchard Sparkling Kent Cider with Nettles

                                                                                          

                                                                                        

  

  

Brand Name Company Name Style Tasting Medal
M&S Cider  440ml Can Marks & Spencer Medium Cider Silver
M&S Hazerdine Orchard Herefordshire Vintage Cider Marks & Spencer Medium Cider Silver
M&S Vintage Pear Cider Marks & Spencer Perry/Pear Silver
Addlestones Shepton Mallet Cider Mill Specialist Silver
Branchage Sparkling Cider La Mare Wine Estate Medium Cider Silver
Cider Inn Perry JRBB Sp. 2.0.0 Perry Medium/Sweet Silver
Cidre Beaupre - Original 9041-5522 Quebec Inc Medium Cider Silver
Cidre le Brun Brut  Cidre Bigoud Dry Cider Silver
Devon Mist Sandford Orchards Sweet Cider/Craft Silver
Domanie Pinnacle Sparkling Summit Selection Camus Cognac Craft Cider Silver
Draught Suffolk Cyder Aspall Medium Cider Silver
F H Prager Perry F H Prager Perry Medium/Sweet Silver
Henney's Vintage Henny's Cider Co. Dry Cider Silver
Hogan's Medium Cider Hogan's Cider Medium Cider Silver
Jakes Orchard Traditional Method Sparkling Kent Cider with Nettles Hush Heath Estate In Bottle Fermented Silver
Kopparberg Cider with Elderflower & Lime Kopparberg Fruit Cider Silver
Musgrave Vintage Medium Cider Westons Cider Medium Cider Silver
Neige Première Apple Ice Wine La Face Cacheé La Pomme Sweet Cider Silver
Neige Récolte D'Hiver Apple Ice Wine La Face Cacheé La Pomme Sweet Cider Silver
Nikka Cidre Dry Asahi Breweries Dry Cider Silver
Nikka Cidre Sweet Asahi Breweries Sweet Cider Silver
Old Rosie Westons Cider Craft Cider Silver
Orchard Pig Truffler Orchard Pig Dry Cider Silver
Rochdale Ginger & Lime Cider McCashins Brewery  Medium Cider Silver
Rochdale Three Berry Cider McCashins Brewery  Fruit Cider Silver
Rochdale Traditional Cider McCashins Brewery  Medium Cider Silver
Sheppy's Organic Cider Sheppys Cider Organic Silver
Sheppy's Raspberry Cider Sheppys Cider Fruit Cider Silver
Sheppy's Vintage reserve Oak Matured Sheppys Cider Medium Cider Silver
Steeplewood Original Cider Lidl UK Sweet Cider Silver
Strawman Angry Orchard Cider Co Craft Cider Silver
Thatchers 458 Thatchers Cider Co Specialist Silver
Thatchers Green Goblin Thatchers Cider Co Dry Cider Silver
Traditional Angry Orchard Cider Co Medium Cider Silver
Tugomerich BI - Marct Organic Silver
Union Libre Fire Cider Union Libre Sweet Cider Silver
Waitrose Cidre de Normandie Waitrose Medium Cider Silver
Waitrose Duchyorg Vintage Cider Waitrose Dry Cider Silver
M&S Devon Farmhouse Cider Marks & Spencer Craft Cider Bronze
M&S Somerset Traditional Cider Marks & Spencer Medium Cider Bronze
Breton Cider 75cl Marks & Spencer Sweet Cider Bronze
Brothers Toffee Apple Premium Cider Brothers Cider Co Fruit Cider Bronze
Cairn O Mohr Vintage Cairn O'Mohr Artisan Bronze
Cairno Punch Cairn O'Mohr Fruit Cider Bronze
Cidre le Brun Doux Cidre Bigoud Sweet Cider Bronze
Crisp Angry Orchard Cider Co Sweet Cider Bronze
Dirty Granny Matilda Bay Brewing Company Medium Cider Bronze
Domaine Pinnacle Ice Cider Camus Cognac Craft Cider Bronze
Henney's Dry Henny's Cider Co. Dry Cider Bronze
Henry Westons Vintage Westons Cider Medium Cider Bronze
Hunters Export Cider Distell Group In Bottle Fermented Bronze
Hunters Pure Gold Cider Distell Group Sweet Cider Bronze
Iceman Angry Orchard Cider Co Specialist Bronze
Jakes Orchard Strawberry and Blackcurrant Still Cider Hush Heath Estate Fruit Cider Bronze
Jakes Orchard Traditional Method Sparkling cider with Strawberry & Blackcurrant Sparkling Hush Heath Estate Fruit Cider  Bronze
Kopparberg Cider with Raspberry Kopparberg Fruit Cider Bronze
Kopparberg Naked Apple Cider Kopparberg Sweet Cider Bronze
La Bolee Celte Les Celliers Associes Medium Cider Bronze
Lorrie's Gold Reverend Nat's Hard Cider Artisan Bronze
M&S Somerset Dabinett Apple Cider Marks & Spencer Single Variety Cider Bronze
Maeloc Dry Cider Custom Drinks Dry Cider Bronze
Maeloc Strawberry Cider Custom Drinks Specialist Bronze
Maeloc Sweet Cider Custom Drinks Sweet Cider Bronze
Malus X - Feminam 2012 Cold Hand Winery Specialist Bronze
Merrydown Blackcurrant Cider SHS Group Drinks Division Fruit Cider Bronze
Monteiths Brewers Series - Hertiage Cider Redwood Cider Co Medium Cider Bronze
Muse Angry Orchard Cider Co Artisan Bronze
Musgrave Vintage Dry Cider Westons Cider Dry Cider Bronze
Okerty Okerty eurl Organic  Bronze
Orchard Premium Apple Cider Aldi Dry Cider Bronze
Organic Suffolk Cyder Aspall Organic Bronze
Orpens Orpens Cider Medium Cider  Bronze
Rattler 4% Cyder Healeys Cyder Medium Cider Bronze
Revival Dry Reverend Nat's Hard Cider Dry Cider Bronze
Sainsbury's Taste the difference French Sparkling Cider Les Celliers Associes Dry Cider Bronze
Savanna Dark Distell Group Dry Cider Bronze
Savanna Dry Distell Group Dry Cider Bronze
Shaky Bridge Sandford Orchards Dry Cider Bronze
Sheppy's Somerset Draught Sheppys Cider Medium Cider Bronze
Steeplewood Pear Cider Lidl UK Sweet Cider Bronze
Stella Artois Cidre AB Inbev Medium Cider Bronze
Taurus Cider Aldi Dry Cider Bronze
Taurus Pear Cider Aldi Fruit Cider Bronze
Tesco Finest Herefordshire Cider Westons Cider Medium Cider Bronze
Tesco Finest Oak Aged Still Cider Westons Cider Medium Cider Bronze
Tesco Finest Vintage Cider Westons Cider Medium Cider Bronze
Thatchers Gold Thatchers Cider Co Medium Cider Bronze
Thatchers Katy Thatchers Cider Co Single Variety Cider Bronze
Thatchers Prince William Thatchers Cider Co Single Variety Cider Bronze
Waitrose Herefordshire Cider Waitrose Dry Cider Bronze
WM Morrison Organic Cider WM Morrison  Organic Bronze
WM Morrison Vintage Cider WM Morrison  Craft Cider Bronze
Woodgate Dry Amber Cider Lidl UK Dry Cider Bronze
Woodgate Dry Amber Cider Pack Lidl UK Dry Cider Bronze
Woodgate Pear Cider Lidl UK Medium Cider Bronze
Woodgate Pear Cider Pack Lidl UK Medium Cider Bronze
Wyle Wood Westons Cider Organic Bronze
Brand Name Company Name Style Design & Packaging Medal
Rochdale Traditional Cider McCashins Brewery  Medium Cider Silver
Savanna Dark Distell Group Dry Cider Silver
Thatchers Somerset Mixed Fruit Thatchers Cider Co Fruit Cider Silver
Cider Inn JRBB Sp. 2.0.0 Medium Cider Bronze
Cider Inn Perry JRBB Sp. 2.0.0 Perry Medium/Sweet Bronze
F H Prager Perry F H Prager Perry Medium/Sweet Bronze
Maeloc Extra Custom Drinks Organic Bronze
Maeloc Natural Custom Drinks Craft Cider Bronze
Maeloc Pear Custom Drinks Specialist Bronze
Thatchers Vintage Thatchers Cider Co Dry Cider Bronze
WM Morrison Organic Cider WM Morrison  Organic Bronze
WM Morrison Vintage Cider WM Morrison  Craft Cider Bronze

Click here to download the results in the June 13th Issue.




Bookmark this


Site Search

COMMENT

Donald Trump: the US has much to learn from history

The reasons Donald Trump should not be left in charge of a shopping trolley, let alone the keys to the White House, are plentiful and well-documented – from his use of the word “bigly” and lamentable business legacy to his dubious post-modern feminist principles, quite astonishing lack of political acumen and, most worrying of all, his bewildering hair. 

Click for more »
Upcoming events

Polls

Is blended Scotch overshadowed by single malt in retailers?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don't know

Facebook

Twitter