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Bottles of Somerset brandy

Somerset Cider Brandy & Burrow Hill Cider

It's fascinating to visit Burrow Hill Cider which is also the home of Somerset Cider Brandy. Set in 180 acres of apple orchards at the base of Burrow Hill, cider has been pressed here for 200 years with forty varieties of apples. About thirty years ago the ancient art of cider brandy making was reintroduced.

We visited on a scorching hot summer's day and it was lovely to stroll through the orchard shade. We were fascinated by the old buildings and the copper stills in the distillery (called Josephine and Fifi), especially when the friendly owners encouraged us to look around the giant vats and barrel bond, pulling back what must be the largest wooden door to usher us through.

We finished the visit in the shop, steeped in history with oak vats, barrels and presses from cider making over the years and full to the brim with Somerset Cider Brandy, traditional farmhouse cider, bottle-fermented ciders, perry, ice cider, a Kingston Black Aperitif and Somerset Pomona. After much deliberation, as we were spoilt for choice, we bought Burrow Hill Sparkling Perry at £2.60 a bottle. If you can't visit any time soon, don't worry as it's all available online.

You can pop in between 9-5pm any day except Sunday but book ahead if you want the tour. And look for the hand-painted sign post in the trees to find the entrance just opposite (some sat navs take you a little bit further up the road by mistake!)

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