WOULD-BE Wurzels everywhere – raise a glass to a new Manx tipple.
Apple Orphanage Co is set to launch the first commercially made Manx cider in living memory.
Its Real Manx Cider will be unveiled at the Isle of Man Food & Drink Festival later this month.
Twelve months in the making, the cider is 100 per cent Manx and made from apples collected through Apple Orphanage’s Co-operative Harvest – a simple concept that allows apple tree owners across the island to drop off their ripe apples and go home with free juice.
The remainder of the apples are used to make juice and now, for the first time, cider.
Apple Orphanage directors Will Faulds and Charlotte Traynor said the new brew was much lighter than the traditional West Country scrumpy.
They said: ‘It’s been a slow process, but we think it’ll be worth the wait.
‘Our cider is made traditionally and naturally using 100 per cent Manx apples and nothing else. Our cider is unlike any available in the island.
‘A West Country “scrumpy” style cider is made using cider apples, whereas our Manx cider uses dessert, cooking and crab apples, which are more commonly grown on the Isle of Man.
‘This creates a light, fruity and slightly acidic Manx cider compared with a heavier, more tannic, West Country cider – it’s like the difference between a white and red wine.’
The cider can be purchased throughout the festival weekend but stocks are limited and it will not be widely available elsewhere.
Apple Orphanage, which is based at Lynague, on the Peel to Kirk Michael coast road, will also be selling its apple juice and elderflower keshal and giving apple pressing demonstrations.
Representatives will be joined by a wide range of other local producers, a host of demonstrations and activities for all the family plus MasterChef semi-finalist Stacie Stewart on Saturday and celebrity chef and Saturday Kitchen presenter James Martin on Sunday.
The Isle of Man Food and Drink Festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday September 24 and 25 at the Nunnery Gardens, Douglas.
It is open from 10am daily with last admissions at 4pm. Tickets cost £3 per person or £5 per weekend; children under 16 are free.