Small Independent Cidermakers Association- 90% juice mark

Small Independent Cidermakers Association- 90% juice mark

Celtic Marches have recently joined the Small Independent Cidermakers Association. Members can bear the SICA mark of quality. It is specifically aimed at UK Cider and Perry makers who are able to prove that their products are 90% fermented juice and not made from concentrate.
SICA’s objective is to make it clear to consumers exactly what they are buying. It aims to help consumers get past all the marketing ploys that the big brands use which make people think that they are buying a genuine product made using fermented juice rather than concentrate. As we all know the best ciders are made from juice and not concentrate!
Why 90%? The reasoning behind the 90% juice mark is due to the fact that it would be near on impossible to say it is 100% juice. The producer would need to dry every single apple after it was washed, and it is incredibly hard to confirm the small changes between 1-2% without laboratory testing. Not all producers are able to have a laboratory on site. With a 90% benchmark, cider producers must be able to back up their claims with the evidence and be easily audited on this. The quality mark is audited by KIWA, a well established auditor with the responsibility of auditing some of Britain’s most recognisable quality marks.
The Celtic Marches traditional Abrahall’s range fits perfectly into this category. With each of these 6% ciders being made from over 90% juice.
Abrahalls AD is a skilfully crafted dry cider; well-rounded and easy to drink. It is made from 100% cider apples grown on the family farm in Bishops Frome. Made from a blend of bittersweet and sharp cider apples – Dabinett, Michelin and a smattering of Kingston Black the old cidermaker’s favourite.
Abrahalls AM is a medium cider and is well-rounded and easy to drink. Made on the family farm in Bishops Frome, the cider is made from a blend of bitter sweet and sharp cider apples – Dabinett, Michelin and a smattering of Kingston Black. The fruit in our orchards is allowed to grow and fully ripen bringing out a full flavour in the cider.
Abrahalls AS completes the trio of our traditional cider range is Abrahalls AS. This easy drinking 6% cider is crafted from our homegrown Dabinett, Michelin and Kingston Black cider apple orchards. With the signature Herefordshire nose, a delicate tease of tannins and a soft sweet edge, Abrahalls AS is a finely balanced, smooth and sparkling golden drop.
At Celtic Marches, we create our ciders using only the very best cider apples, all grown in our Herefordshire orchards. We don’t need to fake any of the great taste by using concentrates. With PGI status, our apples are guaranteed to be Herefordshire grown and with 200 acres of our own well established cider apple orchards we are one of the largest self-sustaining single estate craft cider producers in the UK with full control over our delicious range from pip to pint.
To find out more about our ciders, please visit our website www.celticmarches.com or contact us: enquiries@celticmarches.com 01885 489812 opt. 1

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