About The Tricky Cider Company

Tricky Cider MakersThe Tricky Cider Company was formed in 2004 by Steve Watkins (the hairy one) and Alistair Brice (the big fella).

“Having made cider as a hobby for many years the time was right for us in 2004  to start getting seriously tricky.  It was a bit of a struggle trying to juggle day jobs and traditional cider making.  Needless to say we much prefered the cider business and the Tricky Cider Company was born.”

“Through our passion for cider and our love of the traditional processes, we were determined to preserve the art of tradtional cider making.  Tricky Cider’s authentic taste was refined over several years of perfecting our recipe and blend of local cider apples.  As we say at Tricky – It’s all in the Apple”

Steve & Al

 

Making Tricky Cider

Tricky Cider was originally made at Trickey Warren Farm, hence the name.  The former home of RAF Culmhead, the farm and surrounding area was an important military base during The Battle of Britain.  The Farm lays on high ground at the east end of the Blackdown Hills, lying in Somerset but close to the Devon border.  To the south-west of  Trickey Warren Farm is the traditional English village of Churchstanton.

Old Cider PresssIn modern days Tricky Cider is now produced just five minutes away from its spiritual home in picturesque Churchinford .  As we grew the old wooden twin screw press originally used, was sidelined for Village Cider Making Days in The Old Bakery Yard. The Yard is the current distribution and staff consumption centre with the main cider production taking place in a unit at a nearby farm. We refer to the farm as “a secret location in the Blackdown Hills” although it’s not really a secret where out cider is made.  The only big secret remains, is that of our great tasting cider!

The traditional cider making process will always be a passion for Tricky Cider and we would love to share it with you.

 

Tricky Cider Boxed and Barrels Range

 

Tricky Sweet Cider

The Tricky Traditional Sweet Cider is sweet, refreshing and full of traditional Somerset farmhouse flavours. Made from 100% bittersweet cider apples that are aged perfectly to deliver a sweet cider packed with fruitiness. Tricky Traditional Sweet Cider from a box or barrel is still and traditionally served at room temperature.  Tricky Cider is available in 5ltr, 10ltr or 20ltr boxes and 500ml bottles

Tricky Medium Dry Cider

Tricky Medium-Dry Cider is a crisp, thirst quenching and delicious cider made from 100% apple juice from the Blackdown Hills.  The cider apple blend combined with natural tannins unlocked during the ageing process give a dry, fiery kick to make the perfect balance of flavours. Tricky Cider from a box or barrel is still and traditionally served at room temperature.  Tricky Cider is available in 5ltr, 10ltr or 20ltr boxes and 500ml bottles

Tricky Dry Cider

Tricky Dry Cider is very dry and crisp cider with strong farmhouse notes.  Great character is developed from extra time ageing in our oak barrels giving the cider a mature, authentic farmhouse cider taste packed with flavour from the Blackdown Hills.  Tricky Cider from a box or barrel is still and traditionally served at room temperature.  Tricky Cider is available in 5ltr, 10ltr or 20ltr boxes and 500ml bottles.

 

A selection of our boxes


Tricky Bottled Cider Range

 

Medium Sweet Bottled Cider:

The award winning Tricky Medium Sweet Bottled Cider is crisp, refreshing and full of traditional Somerset farmhouse flavours. Made from 100% bittersweet cider apples that are aged perfectly to deliver a medium-sweet cider packed with fruitiness, whilst retaining a dry edge. Tricky bottled farmhouse cider is lightly carbonated and perfect servered chilled straight from the fridge or over ice.  Tricky Cider is available in 5ltr, 10ltr or 20ltr boxes and 500ml bottles

Medium Dry Bottled Cider

Tricky Medium Dry Bottled Cider is a crisp, thirst quenching and delicious cider made from 100% apple juice from the Somerset Hills.  The Blackdown Cider Apple blend combined with natural tannins unlocked during the ageing process give a dry, fiery kick to make the perfect blend of flavours. Tricky bottled farmhouse cider is lightly carbonated and perfect servered chilled straight from the fridge or over ice.  Tricky Cider is available in 5ltr, 10ltr or 20ltr boxes and 500ml bottles

 

Buy Some Bottled Cider

 

Tricky Cider Vinegar

Blackdown Hills Cider Vinegar

Tricky’s Blackdown Hills Cider Vinegar is made from naturally fermented Somerset Cider converted into a delicious and flavoursome cider vinegar for use as an ingredient in recipes or as a health remedy.  The cider vinegar is made from 100% Apples, matured in oak barrels and bottled unpasteurised and unfiltered packed full of wonderful farmhouse flavours for cooks.  Tricky’s Blackdown Hills Cider Vinegar is available in 500ml or 2.5litre bottles.

Our Cider Vinegar