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Adnams launches ‘Wild Wave’ English cider

Adnams, the Suffolk-based brewer, distiller and retailer has launched its first cider, Wild Wave.

Made with 100% English apples and inspired by the refreshing East Coast; Wild Wave is to be served at North Sea temperatures and available in 330ml cans, 5L mini kegs and on tap at selected pubs and restaurants.

The inspiration to create a premium flagship cider began in true Adnams fashion - taking a walk on Southwold beach. It was here that Master Brewer, Fergus Fitzgerald and Master of Wine, James Davis, came up with the idea of high quality, English, premium cider with a taste so fruity and refreshing it would feel like a splash in the face; thus Wild Wave was born.

Wild Wave apples are grown in the foothills of the Malvern Hills, an area known for its natural beauty, rolling landscapes and excellent cider. Using a blend of 50% bittersweet and 50% dessert apples, Adnams Master Brewer, Fergus Fitzgerald and Adnams Master of Wine, James Davis MW, teamed up with a local Malvern cider maker to create a cider that would reflect the UK from shires to shore.

Fergus Fitzgerald, Adnams Master Brewer, said: “We’ve been brewing beer, making spirits and have enjoyed a great reputation for our wines for a number of years, but we’ve never made a cider before. What most people don’t know is that cider is much more of a winemaking process than it is a brewing process so James, our Master of Wine, and I experimented with a lot of blends to eventually craft the perfect blend for Wild Wave. With Wild Wave, we tried to get the blend of bittersweet and dessert apples right, so there’s a bit more tannin than you might find in some ciders and I think that really works.”

Made with purely English apples and fermented with the finest Champagne and wine yeasts, Wild Wave is a bright, sparkling cider with flavours and aromas of fresh apples, cut grass and mango. These are elegantly balanced with a tart bittersweet acidity and a medium-dry finish to produce a distinctly English cider, from orchard to glass.

Wild Wave prices start from £1.79/330ml can and £16.99/5L mini keg.

Wild Wave is available to buy online at adnams.co.uk, in Adnams retail stores and on tap at Adnams pubs, restaurants and inns from 15th March 2019.