Torkard Cider

About Torkard Cider

 We have been making cider for over ten years and wine for much, much longer.

 In 2003 we applied to HMRC for registration as a Cider Maker and once the legal formalities were over, we started to plan how to sell our ciders. Fortunately for us, they have so far managed to sell themselves. In our first year we won two CAMRA "Cider of the Festival" awards and certificates, followed by a third the year after that, a fourth early in 2009 and a fifth in early 2010.

 We are registered with the local council as a 'food producer' and have passed all inspections.

 Our ciders are made from hand-picked Nottinghamshire-grown apples. They are carefully picked over and only sound fruit is selected to be washed by hand and then milled into a fine pulp for subsequent pressing. We have two Rack & Cloth presses which work side-by-side to press the juice from the fresh apple pulp. After checking the gravity and acidity, the juice is left to slowly ferment and mature over the cold winter months.

 In our garden we grow such cider apples as Dabinett, Stoke Red, Kingston Black, Yarlington Mill, Royal Somerset and Harry Master's Jersey. We are currently planting a plot with a further 90-odd cider apple trees of a range of varieties. All of this fruit is added to our cider blends.

 'We' are a husband and wife team: Ray is a retired secondary school teacher who left the teaching profession after 29-odd years at the chalk-face (man and boy); Gail is employed as a civil servant and works in Nottingham. We are active members of CAMRA, and we enjoy ordering for and working behind the Cider & Perry Bar at Beer & Cider Festivals. Ray is also the APPLE representative (Cider & perry Officer) for his CAMRA branch, Nottingham CAMRA, as well as being the editor of the Nottingham Drinker.

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