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You may have seen that a couple of months ago I attended a pizza making evening at The Stable which I thoroughly enjoyed which you can read about here. I was then really excited when I received an email inviting me back with some of the Bournemouth Bloggers for an exclusive Cider Tasting Evening. The evening involved us having the opportunity to taste the ten finalist ciders which have been nominated for the Cider Of The Year award which are ongoing until September.
On arrival, we were introduced to The Stables resident cider expert Ross Duncan who explained the itinerary for the evening. Before we began cider tasting, we were given the chance to taste some fresh lemons as well as some sugar water to see what impact each flavour had on our mouths.
It was really interesting to find out that drinking some ciders before your meal can affect your palette and therefore make the food taste different.
Ross was able to teach us a lot about each cider, the cider making process as well as a bit of background about the cider production. I came away from the event knowing a lot more facts about cider and I definitely have more appreciation after knowing the processes that go into making them.
Throughout the evening we were encouraged to make notes about each one as we tasted them and also a voting slip to choose our favourite cider at the end of the evening.
It was really interesting to hear the variation of opinions as we all tried them, it became quite apparent how different our tastes differed as some people would love a particular taste whereas for some others they found that it wasn’t for them.
Part way through the evening, we had a short break when we were served some delicious pizzas and sides to enjoy alongside our drinks and then a bit later, we all went outside to try our hand at cider ‘throwing’ which was a lot more difficult than it looks and there is certainly a skill behind it!
It was nice to taste a variety of different ciders and I established that my preferred cider of choice is a fruitier one. The clear winner for me was one with rhubarb juice called No.8 from Crafty Nectar. You can check out all of the ciders which have been nominated for the ciders here.
Ross and his two colleagues who were assisting for the evening couldn’t do enough for us and ensured that we had a lovely evening. I would definitely recommend that you head to The Stable and try out some of these ciders for yourself, I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed!
I was invited to the complimentary tasting event in exchange for a blog post however all words and images are my own.