Our real home, of course, is in Ireland. And that’s where we happily craft our special cider using fresh apple juice, pressed only at harvest time, from 100% Irish apples.
Irish apples are truly scrumptious. There’s a reason Irish butter is so delectable. It has to do with our generous soils and soft, clean, green climate. Like many other crops, our apple orchards also benefit from this unusually beneficial environment.
Our cider tastes of Ireland, because it reflects our soils and our climate. This makes our cider lip-smackingly delicious. And this makes us happy.
Firstly, we don’t use any juice concentrate in our cider. We want to craft cider that proudly sings of its Irish origins. To do that we need to work with fresh apple juice that’s as unprocessed as possible.
Bruce Jack, our cidermaker, is a perfectionist. He has numerous, passionately-held theories why cider should only be crafted from fresh juice. We suggest you only bring this topic up with him if you have a great deal of time on your hands and a bar stocked with Orpens.
We all agree that using fresh juice, rather than reconstituted juice concentrate, gives our cider its zip, its smile and its sense of place.
But the process starts even earlier than the apple juice stage. Just as great wine starts in the vineyard, so great cider starts in the orchard. We select specific apple varieties for our cider. Different apple types have different characteristics – they can look different and we all know they taste different.
By choosing just the right combination of apple varieties, we are able to craft a cider that is not only balanced and crisp, but authentically delicious.
True to our winemaking roots, we also don’t use added flavours or colourants. And perhaps most importantly, we don’t pasteurise the finished cider – which means we don’t heat it up to sterilise it; as we believe this “cooks” the fresh flavours.
People ask us why we go to all this extra effort. Just taste the result – all the answer you need is in each sip.
Cider is a fascinating beverage, with an intriguing, ancient history. Although mostly consumed and packaged like a beer, it is much more like a wine than a beer. The only real difference between the two, is the fruit from which it is made. We want to craft cider that proudly sings of its Irish origins, so by choosing just the right combination of apple varieties, we are able to craft a cider that is not only balanced and crisp, but authentically delicious.