Gold Rush Barrel Aged Cider

Smoky, rich and tannic.

£3.50

A cider with body and strength. This barrel matured cider has rich smokiness, offset by acidity and the apple notes.
This cider was created as a collaboration between Tom Oliver and Ryan Burk to showcase a deep richness balanced with acidity and fruit. A fresh batch is now made every year.

The body and strength means this can stand up to the strongest of hard cheeses and the smelliest of French-style cheeses (think Tunworth Camembert / St James).

Made by Tom Oliver in Ocle Pychard, Herefordshire, England.


More about this

This cider is a collaboration between Tom and one of his proteges, Ryan Burk. Ryan Burk went on to become head cider maker at Angry Orchard, USAs biggest producer of cider.
Every year Tom and Ryan meet up to devise a new batch of Gold Rush. They taste through a range of Tom’s fermented ciders fermented that year and devise a blend they call Gold Rush. This is incantation number 9. Known for it’s richness, body, tannins and acidity it is a cider with backbone and depth.
Key to the blend is a Dabinett juice matured in old-whisky barrels, with the oak imparting a smoky richess and micro-oxidation (although some of the apple fruit phenolics he uses also give a smoky flavour too) and the foxwhelp apple which gives a sharpness to balance the tannic, bold nature.

Tom Oliver’s family farm has grown cider apples for generations. For many years the apples were sold to Bulmer’s, a large cider producer nearby. But after disagreements on apple price the family moved away from selling cider apples and into growing hops. Tom was relegated to making cider using local apples just for family and friends.
Leaving the family farm he want off to study music and became tour manager for The Pretenders and later The Proclaimers (he’s still their tour manager to this day which he fits around farming and making cider!). But as with everything family draws you back and in 1999 he moved back to Herefordshire and persuaded his Mum to let him have a go at making cider commercially using apples from their farm and five surrounding orchards.
Tom’s attention to detail, palate for blending and steadfast attitude to quality meant Oliver’s Cider soon became known as one of the very best ciders in the world and Tom regarded as a bit of a cult hero for helping put quality cider back on the map.
Tom’s cider’s are made with 100% apple or pear juice (commercial cider and perry only has to have 30% juice!) and although there are over 60 varieties of apple’s he used, the principal elements within all his ciders revolves around the Michelin, Dabinett, Foxwhelp, Yarlington Mill and Kingston Black, and for his Perrys he uses 50-year old trees and principally perry pears varieties: Blakeney Red, Red Longdon, Gin & Butt, Oldfield. After picking in the autumn the apples  and pears are left to sweat a few weeks (shrivel and loose moisture) before being crushed and pressed in a belt press. Using the yeast naturally from the fruit and the local atmosphere, the juice is then left to wild ferment through the winter in a variety of tanks, vessels and casks.
In the spring the various juices (from different apples/pears, orchards and fermentation tanks) are then tasted and blended to produce a range of different ciders and perrys.

You must be over 18 to purchase this product.

330ml.  6.8% abv.

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