This one will “kick you into next week!”…Scrumpy is based upon the most traditional of ‘rough farmhouse ciders’. A completely still, dry cider, it has layers of complexity as a result of a long ageing process. A true scrumpy should have a back palate “kick”, which not only comes from the high alcohol content (6.5%) but more traditionally from the high levels of acetic acid or cider vinegar that result from the ageing process.
Scrumpy, an aged cider sometimes called ‘rough cider’ or ‘farmhouse cider’, was one of the staple alcoholic drinks of the agricultural workers of Northern Europe, much as wine was to the agricultural workers of Southern Europe. Following fermentation of juice from late season windfall apples, fresh cider was stored in oak barrels and drawn from these for consumption over the following year. The extended storage time in the barrels increased both the oxidative and acetic characters of the cider.
These contribute to Scrumpy’s unique and distinguishing aged characteristics complemented by traditionally high alcohol content (typically around 6.5%). Unlike traditional aged European ciders, our Scudamore’s Scrumpy is made from premium quality Pink Lady apples. The juice and cider is handled to avoid micro-biological spoilage yet allowing for controlled oxidation and acetification. This produces a clean and fully dry aged cider with all the essential characteristics of a good scrumpy, complete with that classic acetic or “cider vinegar” bite on the back palate.