WOODFEST COUNTRY SHOW
Rosies Triple D Cider
Multi Award winning real cider & perry - Location Food Hall
We are now in our twelvth year of cider making. I used to make country wines when I was a boy, but it took another 30 years before I thought making cider would be a good way to combine a number of my hobbies.
For my first attempt at cider making, I collected apples from our own crab apple trees and added a few others from local sources.
These apples were pounded inside a stainless steel milk churn and then pressed inside a stainless steel lined garage press. After about 9 hours work, I got 5 gallons of juice which fermented naturally.
By now, I had joined the Welsh Perry and Cider Society and responded to a call for entries to the CAMRA Bottled Cider Competition at Reading 2006. Astonishingly, our 4 bottles of this first cider won gold! I was now hooked!
I've been very lucky in that my cider and perry has won significant awards every year since I started - which in turn has provided me with the confidence to develop my cider making hobby.
Well, the hobby grew horns and in 2011 I resigned from a factory job and become a full time cider maker. What I really like about making cider is that the work changes with the seasons and there is always a fresh challenge on the horizon.
Why Triple D? Well, the farm name is ‘Dafarn Dywyrch’ which translated into English means Turf Tavern. Recently however, we discovered it was known as the ‘Cross Foxes’ in 1795!
Dafarn Dywyrch was mentioned by Charles Darwin, whilst on an archaeologist tour of North Wales. George Borrow had a conversation at the property with an ancestor of mine when he wrote ‘Wild Wales’ in 1862. The pub was one of many on the same road, used by drovers. Triple D then, stands for ‘Drovers at Dafarn Dywyrch’.
From our initial 5 gallons of cider made in 2005 we now have over 700 standard apple trees with 65 different varieties, all trying their best to cling on at 1000 feet above sea level. I have now got a feel for those apple varieties that work well up here (and the ones that don't).