Thursday, 12 November 2020

Crafty Nectar #24DaysOfCider Advent Calendar

I do like a glass of cider, more so on a hot summer afternoon over ice, but any time of the year will do. There is something quite thirst-quenching about it as a beverage.  This year, again, the World's first Cider Advent Calendar is back and I was kindly sent a sample of what you find inside!
Crafty Nectar #24DaysOfCider Advent Calendar
The 2020 Ultimate Cider Advent Calendar wants to help you bid goodbye to 2020 and all the trauma it has brought with it, by getting you through December with 24 days of cider - I don't know about you, but I am in!
Our carefully selected cider advent calendar showcases award-winning ciders from passionate producers. All ciders are made by traditional cider makers with real stories from 100% fresh-pressed juice and are not available in supermarkets. All ciders are gluten-free, vegan-friendly and have no nasty additives or flavourings.
The Advent Calendar itself, shown here, has already sold out, but there is still plenty of opportunity to try some of the most amazing ciders I have ever tasted.  Included within that calendar was:
  • 24 award-winning ciders from the UK’s top craft producers - you can't get these ciders in the supermarkets!
  • Free ‘How to Taste Cider’ guide
  • Interactive tasting notes & reviews
  • 16 of the ciders are brand new and 6 are exclusives
What I love about this idea is that it is so exclusive and that the support is there for small independent producers rather than big companies with huge overheads, it makes taking a sip all that more important and precious to saviour.

The accompanying guide on 'How To Taste Cider' was quite an eye opener for me, definitely not something I have in mind when I glug down a cold glass over ice in the Summer. Some of the hints and tips includes:
  • Appearance - Hold up your glass and have a good look - is it clear, a bit cloudy, sparkling, any bubbles and how are they fierce or fine?
  • Aroma - Ciders have a wide range of aromas depending on the style or where it was made. So is it intense, clean, sweet, spicy or is it fruity or more interestingly, does it smell of the Farmyard?
  • Mouthful - Have a sip and think about how it feels in the mouth - is it smooth? Velvety? Bold and bolshy? Or clean?. How are the bubbles - do they explode on your tongue?
  • Taste - Does the cider smell like it tastes? Are those caramel notes detectable that you could smell earlier? Is it more bitter or sweet?
Just a few things to sit down and think about when tasting your next bottle or glass of cider.

Within my sample box of ciders, I have gifted 4 bottles and two cans from different companies. Starting with Crafty Nectar with their brightly coloured bottles, I have options 7,8 and 9.
Crafty Nectar #24DaysOfCider Advent Calendar
Made by Ed and James, the masters behind the Advent Calendar, No.7 is described as being a medium cider which is mellow and sparkling and is made up of with a mix of Dabinett, Harry Masters Jersey, Michelin and Yarlington Mill apples. No.8 which is my favourite of the three is a Rhubarb Cider and it is as zingy and tangy as you would expect it to be whilst at the same time slightly refreshing too, perfect for a Sunday afternoon! Then we have the latest addition to the range with No.9 and this I also adore, Blackberry and Hibiscus is never the sort of flavour I would expect to find with Cider, it is more Gin sounding, but it is so fresh tasting with a hint of vanilla, it is hard not to like it.

The second brand within this box was Freya by Beard & Sabre and another brand I have never come across, so another welcomed chance to try something new.
Crafty Nectar #24DaysOfCider Advent Calendar
This is a dry cider and one which is, as the description read "infused with Summit hops for a month after its standard maturation; applying natural citrus fruit flavours and a bitter mouthfeel". I really liked how this one tasted, I'm not an huge fan of sweet drinks, I like them to be sharp and something I can definitely taste and for me this ticks both of those boxes.

Then, finally within this box are two cans, both bright and colourful! Starting with the Cider Nightingale Company and their can of Wild Disco.
Crafty Nectar #24DaysOfCider Advent Calendar
This is a sparkling medium-dry cider which is made from 100% wild-fermented Kentish Discovery apple juice. It has floral, red apple and rose aromas which come together to create a fresh and zingy cider. What I liked about this Cider is the aftertaste, it didn't leave that rusty-like taste you get with some ciders, it was more of a clean apple taste but you could still taste the apples. Definitely one I would order more of.

The second can and final item within my box comes from Third Batch with Luke's Cider, it is packaged in a can that wouldn't feel out of place amongst some of the more artisan offerings you find in Waitrose.
Crafty Nectar #24DaysOfCider Advent Calendar
A medium-dry lightly sparkling cider, this one is made from a carefully selected blend of cider apples which are allowed to ferment slowly over winter and matured for more than a year. As you can imagine it is quite the sharp and punchy taste and one which again, I really enjoyed and would happily purchase more of.

So, the Advent Calendar might have sold out, but Crafty Nectar have a whole host of gifts and subscriptions available to purchase and of course, if you like the sound of any or all of these products, they too are available to purchase!  Find out more right here.










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16 comments:

  1. I’m not a cider fan but this is a great idea for those who are! x

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  2. I love these new types of advent calendars because you get a lot for your money and this would be a great way to try new ciders.

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  3. This is such a great idea and something that my boyfriend would love. I love that there is so much choice when it comes to advent calendars these days.

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  4. My brother would LOVE this! Personally, I'd prefer a gin advent calendar but I can't drink this year with my meds so it makes no difference! I love that there's something other than beauty or chocolate out there x

    Beautylymin

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  5. This advent calendars are fantastic to try out all the different ciders. My OH would love this.

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  6. oh now this is my kinda advent calendar, sounds yummy!

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  7. My type of calendar! Who needs chocolate anyway?!

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  8. Ooh I love cider and so does my husband so we'd love something like this. What a cool idea xx

    Tiffany x www.foodandotherloves.co.uk

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  9. My husband would love this one it's a great idea for cider lovers

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  10. My dad would love this! x

    https://www.ofbeautyandnothingness.co.uk

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  11. The Advent Calendar, with the guide to tasting cider (tasting and savouring perhaps). Sounds a good idea and opportunity, a way of becoming more knowledgeable and savvy in regards to this liquid refreshment.

    Rachel Craig

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  12. I think it's so nice to see a cider calendar as there are so many wine and spirit ones, but this is the first cider one I've seen x

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  13. I don’t like cider but my mum would love this! xx

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  14. Such a fab alternative calendar, I think Arran would love this one! xx

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  15. What a great concept! Tis the season to be Merry after all.

    https://littlemissmelanie.com/

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  16. I love a cider, this would be such a great gift although I love drinking them more in summer than winter!

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