Rosie was our Jack Russell and former Chief Executive Officer. She was a brilliant dog and her name lives on!
Why Triple D? Well, the farm name is ‘Dafarn Dywyrch’ which translated into English means Turf Tavern. Recently however, we discovered it was known as the ‘Cross Foxes’ in 1795!
Dafarn Dywyrch was mentioned by Charles Darwin, whilst on an archaeologist tour of North Wales. George Borrow had a conversation at the property with an ancestor of mine when he wrote ‘Wild Wales’ in 1862. The pub was one of many on the same road, used by drovers. Triple D then, stands for ‘Drovers at Dafarn Dywyrch’.
From our initial 5 gallons of cider made in 2005 we now have over 700 standard apple trees with 65 different varieties, all trying their best to cling on at 1000 feet above sea level. I have now got a feel for those apple varieties that work well up here (and the ones that don't).
Cider making has taken over, the cider is made by pressing apples to get juice. No concentrate, water or 'fruit flavours' are added - just a premium full juice cider pressed here, entirely out of apples.