Touchwood Cornish cider is the result of a long term-project to reinstate apple growing to Cornwall, therefore allowing Touchwood cider to grow apples and to reintroduce cider making to their small farm here in Mithian.
Nigel Smith came to Woodlands farm in 1984. In the yard was an old granite circular trough. This trough was originally used for crushing cider apples. The old building was an old cider barn, however the apple orchards were long gone. In 1984 Cornwall County Council introduced a scheme to reinstate and save old varieties of Cornish apples.
Nigel started planting many different varieties of apples to his orchards. With nearly 30 varieties of apples, these are then crushed and pressed traditionally, using only natural yeasts on the apples to ferment the apple juice. Afterwards it is racked and matured for over 12 months, before the blending apple juice and adding some sugar before bottling.
Touchwood Cider can be bought from the Driftwood Spa Pub and Brewery in St Agnes.
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Touchwood cider can also be contacted directly on 01872 553 527