Ampleforth Abbey blessed with blossoms as monks pray for a bumper harvest

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The monks of Ampleforth Abbey in North Yorkshire have unveiled their new Ampleforth Abbey Still Cider at the Malton Food Lovers Festival last weekend.

Launched in time for summer to complement the Abbey’s existing range of premium and sparkling ciders, the cider (6.5%) is harvested from the Abbey’s cider orchards, the most northerly in the UK. Matured for around six months before being filtered and bottled on site at Ampleforth, the medium sweet, uncarbonated cider has a distinct apple flavour.

With the orchard’s 2,000 trees already in full bloom, the Abbey hopes to exceed last year’s bumper crop which produced around 70 tonnes of apples for its cider and cider brandy. Its sales team have already seen new demand for the cider for the UK and abroad, with 57 per cent more stockists than this time a year ago.

 

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