Cider Voice 39 - I Missed The Train Because of Sneezing! - Alison Taffs, The Hop Inn, Hornchurch
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6h ago
Absolute cider royalty comes to the pod this week as Justin and Albert are joined by Alison Taffs, head honcho at multi-award-winning might-as-well-keep-the-trophy cider pub The Hop Inn. We talk about Alison and Justin's shared background as drama students at Mountview, and how that armed them to become tasting host extraordinaires, we touch on managing alcohol intake when working in the drinks industry and Alison schools us on what makes good hospitality. Only momentarily distracted by Justin looking up directions to the Hop Inn on his phone, we learn how to build the ultimate cider list as a ..read more
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Cider Voice 38 – 'You're Stealing My Show Now' – Seminal Ciders 4: Natalia Wszelaki (Cider Explorer)
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2w ago
In the latest instalment of 'Seminal Ciders' Adam catches up with someone who's been writing about cider even longer than he has – Natalia of @ciderexplorer. Based in Germany, Natalia's been covering the continental cider scene since 2017, shining a light on central European cider cultures as well as countries whose cider doesn't always get a spotlight. We talk about the cider that got her started, the current state of German cider, the magical event that is @CiderWorld, the first cider she ever gave full marks, the bottle that persuaded her perry could be good and more! Featuring ciders from ..read more
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Cider Voice 37 - Everybody has a river in their garden with loads of otters - Gabe Cook, The Ciderologist
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3w ago
Albert and Adam sit down to chat with Gabe Cook aka The Ciderologist on everything from his origins in the cider world, to the state of bittersweet cider, to education in cider and perry and the way forward. Part trip down memory lane and part assessment of the current British cider scene. Join Gabe's substack: https://theciderologist.substack.com/ Sign up for the Certified Cider Professional Programme here: https://www.theciderologist.com/pages/certified-cider-professional-programme BBC Natural World: Wye, Voices from the Valley (2007). Albert grows weird apples at @rosscider @adamhwells asse ..read more
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Cider Voice 36 - Pour tannin directly into my mouth
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1M ago
Albert’s away again so it all goes off the rails – Adam’s distracted by how good a cider is and Justin’s gone for a sauna. But then we rein it back in and chat about Justin’s first experience leading a cider and perry tasting – ‘an introduction to Herefordshire.’ We talk what he served, what he learned, preferences and preconceptions and and Gin Pear/Cookie Dough Affogato. Planning a tasting with some of your own friends? This is the episode for you. Albert toils @rosscider @adamhwells spoils @cider_review (and has written a book!) Justin broils @justinwellsjustin ..read more
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Cider Voice 35 - 'A Very Sexy Solero' - Seminal Ciders 3: Rachel Hendry of J'Adore Le Plonk
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1M ago
For the third instalment of our 'this is your life, but in cider' series, Adam finally stops just talking to co-hosts and sits down with drinks writer Rachel Hendry (@ratchellle), who is definitely appearing in a full-length cider voice episode for the first time. With absolutely no technical hitches whatsoever we cover accidentally becoming an award-winning beer writer, the relationships between pub regulars and the staff who work in those pubs, ciders so good they make you scream and the trials and tribulations of fact retention. Have a listen and discover Rachel's five all-time most importa ..read more
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Cider Voice 34 - Seminal Ciders 2: Albert Johnson of Ross-on-Wye Cider & Perry
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1M ago
In the second part of our series on the drinks that shaped our journey in cider, it’s Albert’s turn to reveal the bottles that have most impacted him. Shockingly, three of them are Ross-on-Wye – though Albert didn't actually press the apples in any of them, though he helped bottle and shape the latter two. Even more shockingly however, two of the ciders aren’t Ross-on-Wye's at all! In this episode we learn the bottle ‘that did it’ for Albert and the two Ross-on-Wyes that shaped his cider making trajectory. Plus the British cidery that’s most impacted him and a recent cider that inspired him to ..read more
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Cider Voice 33 - The Cocking Potato Test
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1M ago
In our new episode we finally sit down and get properly technical (ish) thanks to Laurence Cocking, former winemaker now cidermaker extraordinaire at @littlepomona. In other news, we get an earth-shattering four emails from listeners – and it turns out we’ve had one of them since February. Justin and Adam refuse to skip the banal bit. Laurence brings traditional method know how, ably supported by Justin’s advice on ‘blasting the dead yeast cells out’. And Albert wants to know just how damn big champagne bubbles are. In an epic instance of poor co-ordination Justin and Adam both taste ciders fr ..read more
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Cider Voice S03E12 - Massive Punts! You keep saying "Lovely tannins", what does that actually mean?!
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2M ago
This time, Justin, Adam and Albert go on a walk through the complex world of bittersweet (and bittersharp) cider. Armed with questions, praise and a few fairly satisfactory answers, our earnest trio attempt to define dryness, get technical about tannins, try to figure out polyphenols, and ponder the platonic ideal of corner shop snack pairings... with only a mere couple of digressions about punts and cheese. Ciders from Skyborry Cider & Ross-on-Wye Albert is bitter @rosscider Adam is sharp @adamhwells Justin is sweet @justinwells1346 ..read more
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Cider Voice S03E10 - Fantastic! Again! Three Times!
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2M ago
In this mini-episode Adam runs out of both co-hosts and synonyms for superlatives as he sits down to chat with two of the pod's best friends, Helen Anne Smith and Rachel Hendry of Burum Collective. We talk through their newly-launched collaboration ciders with Little Pomona: what they are, why they were made, what the process was and how come one of them just wouldn't sparkle? Along the way we touch on Burum's ongoing work to promote free education and inclusivity in hospitality, the importance of time in cider and the number of days' toil needed to become a proper cidermaker. (We settle on tw ..read more
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Cider Voice S03E09 - Have you ever eaten Hawthorn leaves?
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3M ago
Adam has written a book! It’s called Perry: A Drinker’s Guide (guess what it’s about), and it’s out at the start of May. So in this episode we’re indulging him by chatting all about it. Why write a book about perry? How did it all come together? What were the challenges and surprises? And who wrote that AMAZING foreword? Meanwhile Justin is on his own mission for perry. Listen out for crunching sounds next time you pass a hedgerow, that’s all we’ll say! You can pre-order a copy of the book here: https://shop1.camra.org.uk/product/perry-a-drinkers-guide/ Book a ticket to the launch event at Ros ..read more
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