International Cider Challenge 2015 results revealed

16 June, 2015

Waitrose has seized the Supreme Champion crown at the International Cider Challenge 2015 after judges decided its English vintage perry was the star drink this year.

The elite panel of judges – chaired by cider expert Pete Brown and featuring supermarket buyers, award-winning independent retailers, cider afficionados, journalists and publicans – blind tasted a record 180 entries this year.

They praised the consistent quality of the ciders and after much debate they handed out eight gold medals, 47 silvers and 82 bronzes.

Among the golds, six trophies were awarded for the best cider within each category, and then Waitrose scooped the Supreme Champion award.

Many of the entries came from the more traditional cider nations such as the UK, Ireland and France, but ciders also arrived from as far afield as Australia, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Japan, Poland, Spain, South Africa, New Zealand and the US, reflecting the truly international reach cider now enjoys.

There were also awards for best design and packaging, with judges handing out a supreme champion, one gold medal, three silvers and 18 bronzes.

Brown said; “Despite its booming popularity, cider remains one of the most misunderstood drinks on the planet. We all think we know what it is, but we’re only just learning about the plethora of styles and traditions around the world.

“That’s why it was great to be asked to chair the judging of the International Cider Challenge this year. Having written the first ever book to draw together and compare the world’s cider traditions, I had a better idea of what to expect than in previous years, and was able to tweak the categories slightly to reflect what’s there.

“This year’s competition attracted a record number of entries and it was great to see a truly international spread among the winners. Brittany’s Cidre Bigoud has come to dominate the medium and sweet categories with products that prove you can be a big commercial brand and still put out high juice content, high quality products. Every year they are judged blind, and every year they seem to win something.

“The country that’s really breaking through at the moment is Ireland. Armagh Cider took a gold in the dry category and did well in flavoured ciders too. I’ve seen similar performances recently in other competitions from Irish ciders. They’re definitely worth looking out for.

“It was also interesting to see a Spanish ‘sidra’ win the dry category. The Spanish tradition is little known in the UK but is, if anything, older than our own. This ‘sidra nouveau’, with its funky packaging, demonstrates how cider can be brought up to date while retaining traditional quality.

“My secret passion here though is perry. Not to be confused with pear cider, proper perry at its best can rival Champagne for delicacy and simple beauty of flavour. After a great deal of debate – and extra tasting – we made the winning medium/sweet perry our supreme champion.

“Should we have been surprised to discover that this wonderful elixir was a supermarket own-label product? Probably not. Waitrose has shown great judgement in selecting its products in recent years, and its Herefordshire Vintage Perry was by no means the only own-brand product in the medals table.

“I think we were quite tough as a judging panel. But every product we awarded a gold or silver medal is a great example of what cider and perry can be, worth holding up and showing to anyone who thinks that cider can only be murky, pungent scrumpy or an exceedingly sweet fruit cocktail.

“This list is an education in the potential and existing possibilities for cider to genuinely surprise and delight.”

Here are the results in full:

Company Name

Cider Name

Style

Tasting Medal

Waitrose

Waitrose English Vintage Perry, Herefordshire

Perry Medium/Sweet

Perry/Pear Trophy & Supreme Champion

Custom Drinks

Maeloc Dry Cider

Dry Cider

Dry Trophy

Skaersoegaard Vin

Aebleau Eco 2011

Speciality Cider & Cider Variants

Speciality/ Cider Varients Trophy

Cidre Bigoud

Cidre Artisanal Le Brun Doux

Sweet Cider

Sweet Trophy

Fynburys Rutland Cider

Rutland Reserve Cider

In Bottle Fermented/Conditioned Cider

In Bottle Fermented/ Conditioned Trophy

Cidre Bigoud

Cidre Artisanal Le Brun Demi-sec

Medium Cider

Medium Trophy

Cidre Bigoud

Or et Ange

Medium Cider

Gold

Apple County Cider

Dabinett Medium

Medium Cider

Gold

Westons

Caple Rd

Dry Cider

Gold

Marks & Spencer

Marks & Spencer Somerset Oak Matured Vintage Cider

Medium Cider

Gold

Aston Manor Cider

Malvern Gold

Medium Cider

Gold

Armagh Cider Company

Carsons Premium Cider

Dry Cider

Gold

Henney's Cider

Henney's Vintage

Medium Cider

Gold

Cidre Bigoud

Cidre Reffet de France Familia Brut

Dry Cider

Gold

Crate Brewery

Crate Cider

Medium Cider

Silver

Cidre Bigoud

Cidre Artisanal Le Brun Brut

Dry Cider

Silver

Apple County Cider

Vilberie Medium Dry

Dry Cider

Silver

Sheppy's Cider

Oak Matured Vintage Reserve

Wood-aged Cider

Silver

Lambswick Drinks

Oldfields Orchard Medium Dry

Medium Cider

Silver

Lambswick Drinks

Oldfields Orchard Medium Sweet

Sweet Cider

Silver

Harvest Cidery

Scrumpy Apple Cider

Medium Cider

Silver

Somoma Beverage Works

The Hatchet

Medium Cider

Silver

Winkleigh Cider Company

Sam's Poundhouse Medium

Medium Cider

Silver

Hillbilly Cider

Hillbilly Pear Cider

Pear Cider

Silver

Boston Beer

Angry Orchard Traditional Dry

Dry Cider

Silver

Boston Beer

Angry Orchard Iceman

Speciality Cider & Cider Variants

Silver

Boston Beer

Angry Orchard The Muse

Wood-aged Cider

Silver

Westons

Wyld Wood Organic Cider

Medium Cider

Silver

Westons

Henry Westons Vintage

Medium Cider

Silver

Westons

Henry Westons Vintage Perry

Perry Medium/Sweet

Silver

Westons

Tesco Finest* Vintage Cider

Medium Cider

Silver

The Co-Operative

The Co-Operative Truly Irresistible Tillington Hills Cider

Dry Cider

Silver

Skaersoegaard Vin

Don's Cider Brut Eco 13

In Bottle Fermented/Conditioned Cider

Silver

Cold Hand Winery

Malus Danica 2012

Speciality Cider & Cider Variants

Silver

Marks & Spencer

Marks & Spencer Vintage Pear Cider

Pear Cider

Silver

Marks & Spencer

Devon Farmhouse Cider with Elderflower Infusion

Flavoured Cider

Silver

Marks & Spencer

Devon Farmhouse Cider with Raspberry

Flavoured Cider

Silver

Marks & Spencer

Hazerdine Orchard Herefordshire Vintage Cider

Medium Cider

Silver

Aston Manor Cider

Crumpton Oaks

Dry Cider

Silver

Sandford Orchards

Shaky Bridge

Dry Cider

Silver

Sandford Orchards

Fanny's Bramble

Fruit Cider

Silver

Sandford Orchards

Devon Scrumpy

English Farmhouse-style/Scrumpy

Silver

Asahi Breweries

Nikka Cidre Dry

Dry Cider

Silver

Asahi Breweries

Nikka Cidre Rosé

Sweet Cider

Silver

Thatchers Cider

Thatchers Katy

Medium Cider

Silver

Aspall

Aspall Premier Cru Suffolk Cyder

Dry Cider

Silver

Hawkes

Hawkes Urban Orchard Cider

Medium Cider

Silver

Waitrose

Waitrose English Vintage, Herefordshire

Medium Cider

Silver

Waitrose

Waitrose Low Alcohol, England

Medium Cider

Silver

Le Bon Vin

Loïc Raison Cidre & Framboise

Fruit Cider

Silver

Aldi

Orchard Premium Pear Cider

Pear Cider

Silver

Bi-Marct D.O.O

Big Shot Premium

In Bottle Fermented/Conditioned Cider

Silver

Merrydown

Merrydown Medium Cider

Medium Cider

Silver

Shepton Mallet Cider Mill

Montano

Medium Cider

Silver

Shepton Mallet Cider Mill

Chaplin & Corks Somerset Reserve

Medium Cider

Silver

Hush Heath Estate

Jake's Kentish Cider

Dry Cider

Silver

Hush Heath Estate

Jake's Orchard Sparkling Kent Cider with English Nettles

In Bottle Fermented/Conditioned Cider

Silver

Golin

Stella Artois Cidre Elderflower

Fruit Cider

Silver

Golin

Stella Artois Cidre Peach

Fruit Cider

Silver

Armagh Cider Company

Maddens Honey Cider

Flavoured Cider

Silver

Henney's Cider

Henney's Dry Cider

Dry Cider

Silver

9041-5522 Quebec

Cidre Beaupré Original

Medium Cider

Bronze

McCashin's Brewery

Rochdale Traditional Apple Cider

Medium Cider

Bronze

McCashin's Brewery

Rochdale Ginger Lime Cider

Fruit Cider

Bronze

Cidre Bigoud

Cidre Artisanal Le Brun Biologique

Medium Cider (organic)

Bronze

Long Meadow Cider

Long Meadow Cider (Medium)

Medium Cider

Bronze

Sheppy's Cider

Cider with Raspberry

Fruit Cider

Bronze

Somoma Beverage Works

The Anvil

Flavoured Cider

Bronze

Winkleigh Cider Company

Sam's Poundhouse Crisp

Medium Cider

Bronze

Hillbilly Cider

Hillbilly Apple Cider

Medium Cider

Bronze

Boston Beer

Angry Orchard Crisp Apple

Sweet Cider

Bronze

Boston Beer

Angry Orchard Apple Ginger

Flavoured Cider

Bronze

Boston Beer

Angry Orchard Cinful Apple

Flavoured Cider

Bronze

Boston Beer

Angry Orchard Hop 'n' Mad Apple

Flavoured Cider

Bronze

Boston Beer

Angry Orchard Green Apple

Fruit Cider

Bronze

Boston Beer

Angry Orchard Strawman

English Farmhouse-style/Scrumpy

Bronze

Juice Hunt

Orpens

Dry Cider

Bronze

Lyme Bay Winery

Lyme Bay Sparkling Cider

Medium Cider

Bronze

Westons

Old Rosie

English Farmhouse-style/Scrumpy

Bronze

Westons

Tesco Simply Pear Cider

Pear Cider

Bronze

Westons

Tesco Simply Cloudy Cider

Medium Cider

Bronze

Westons

Tesco Simply Apple Cider

Medium Cider

Bronze

Marks & Spencer

Marks & Spencer Somerset Dabinett Apple Cider

Medium Cider

Bronze

Marks & Spencer

Marks & Spencer Devon Farmhouse Cider

Medium Cider

Bronze

Marks & Spencer

Marks & Spencer Somerset Traditional Cider

Medium Cider

Bronze

Marks & Spencer

Cornish Cloudy Farmhouse Cider

Medium Cider

Bronze

Marks & Spencer

Breton Cider 75cl

Sweet Cider

Bronze

Aston Manor Cider

Frosty Jacks Fruit

Flavoured Cider

Bronze

Aston Manor Cider

Kingstone Press Pear

Pear Cider

Bronze

Healey's Cyder

Rattler Original

Dry Cider

Bronze

Healey's Cyder

Rattler 4%

Medium Cider

Bronze

Healey's Cyder

Healey's Classic

Wood-aged Cider

Bronze

Healey's Cyder

Healey's Reserve Oak Matured

Wood-aged Cider

Bronze

Sandford Orchards

Devon Red

Medium Cider

Bronze

Sandford Orchards

Ice Cider

Speciality Cider & Cider Variants

Bronze

Dunkertons Cider

Black Fox

Medium Cider

Bronze

Asahi Breweries

Nikka Cidre Sweet

Sweet Cider

Bronze

Thatchers Cider

Thatchers Red

Sweet Cider

Bronze

Thatchers Cider

Thatchers Old Rascal

Medium Cider

Bronze

Thatchers Cider

Thatchers Gold

Medium Cider

Bronze

Thatchers Cider

Thatchers Vintage

Dry Cider

Bronze

Thatchers Cider

Thatchers 458

Dry Cider

Bronze

Thatchers Cider

Thatchers Green Goblin

Wood-aged Cider

Bronze

Hogan's Cider

Hogan's Apple Spirit

Speciality Cider & Cider Variants

Bronze

Distell

Savanna Dry

Dry Cider

Bronze

Distell

Savanna Dark

Dry Cider

Bronze

Distell

Savanna Light

Dry Cider

Bronze

Fynburys Rutland Cider

Rhubarb & Strawberry Cider

Fruit Cider

Bronze

Fynburys Rutland Cider

Mulled Spice Cider

Speciality Cider & Cider Variants

Bronze

Waitrose

Duchy Originals from Waitrose Organic Vintage, Herefordshire

Medium Cider

Bronze

Ecomela La Carnica di Ceschia Roberta

Moscat - Sidro di Mele

Sweet Cider

Bronze

Le Bon Vin

Loïc Raison Doux

Sweet Cider

Bronze

Aldi

Orchard Premium Apple Cider

Dry Cider

Bronze

Custom Drinks

Maeloc Natural Cider

Speciality Cider & Cider Variants

Bronze

Custom Drinks

Maeloc Extra

Sweet Cider

Bronze

Custom Drinks

Maeloc Sin

Speciality Cider & Cider Variants

Bronze

Custom Drinks

Maeloc Strawberry Cider

Fruit Cider

Bronze

Custom Drinks

Maeloc Blackberry Cider

Fruit Cider

Bronze

Custom Drinks

Maeloc Sweet Cider

Sweet Cider

Bronze

Bath Ales

Bounders

Medium Cider

Bronze

The Hills Cider Company

Hills Apple Cider

Dry Cider

Bronze

The Hills Cider Company

Hills Pear Cider

Pear Cider

Bronze

Wise Owl Cider

Wise Owl Cider

Dry Cider

Bronze

Merrydown

Merrydown Vintage Dry

Dry Cider

Bronze

Merrydown

Merrydown Blackcurrent Cider

Fruit Cider

Bronze

Shepton Mallet Cider Mill

Chaplin & Corks Somerset Gold

Medium Cider

Bronze

Shepton Mallet Cider Mill

Addlestones

Speciality Cider & Cider Variants

Bronze

Shepton Mallet Cider Mill

Blackthorn Black 'n' Black

Fruit Cider

Bronze

Shepton Mallet Cider Mill

Somerset Snuffler

Medium Cider

Bronze

Shepton Mallet Cider Mill

Somerset Tree Shaker

Medium Cider

Bronze

Vendyranch

Rossbach Cider

Medium Cider

Bronze

Hush Heath Estate

Jake's Orchard Sparkling Kent Cider with Strawberry & Blackcurrant

Fruit Cider

Bronze

Distell

Hunters Gold

Sweet Cider

Bronze

Armagh Cider Company

Maddens Mellow Cider

Medium Cider

Bronze

Armagh Cider Company

Doyles Summer Fruit Cider

Fruit Cider

Bronze

Armagh Cider Company

Doyles Autumn Berry Cider

Fruit Cider

Bronze

Armagh Cider Company

Maddens Spiced Cider

Flavoured Cider

Bronze

Orchard Pig

Truffler

Dry Cider

Bronze

Cidre Bigoud

Cidre Reffet de France Familia Doux

Sweet Cider

Bronze

Cidre Bigoud

Cidre Reffet de France AOC Cornouaille

Medium Cider

Bronze

Carlsberg UK

Somersby Blackberry

Fruit Cider

Bronze

Carlsberg UK

Somersby Cranberry

Fruit Cider

Bronze


 




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