This cider has a subtle oak flavour and has been sweetened with sugar. Why Black Bart? Well, the cider barn has a date stone 1829 and is attributed to Sir Watkins Williams Wynne Bart. Some of the apple varieties in Black Bart are ‘Kingston Blacks’ - a vintage cider apple. The cider is part matured in barrels and then I spotted Black Bart (aka Bartholomew Roberts) in a book about pirates. He spent a great deal of the early 1720’s plundering shipping around Barbados - the cider had to be called Black Bart!
My customers wanted a sweeter cider and Black Bart satisfies this requirement, without being ’sickly’ sweet. At shows and festivals, Black Bart is usually my first barrel to empty.
In 2011, Black Bart won the sweet cider competition at the Royal Bath and West Show, Shepton Mallet AND the medium / sweet competiton at the Three Counties Show Malvern - my best achievement ever.
Black Bart has just won a gold star at the 2011 British True Taste awards
Black Bart Draught cider just won cider of the Festival at Stockport CAMRA beer and cider festival, 2014.