Judging the 2012 CAMRA National Cider and Perry Championships and the winner is…

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If you have ever seen my recipe for Perry Porridge you will know how big a fan of the pear drink I am. That’s why I was so pleased to be asked onto the panel of judge’s for this year’s CAMRA ‘National Cider and Perry Championships’.

CAMRA judging score sheet

CAMRA judging score sheet

Held at Reading’s Beer and Cider Festival, the Championships featured ciders and perries from different regions of the UK. There were two panels, one for judging Perry and one for the championships ciders. We assessed the drinks against factors of; aroma, flavour, overall balance and finish.

Judging the range of Perry's

Judging the range of Perry's

It was a great learning experience for me, not only to taste such a wide range of Perry but also to hear so much about how the drink is made and it’s heritage. Perry is certainly a success story for CAMRA and I am really pleased to see the drinks revival.

The CAMRA judges

The CAMRA judges

So hot of the press the winners are….

GOLD- Gwatkin, Blakeney Red (Abbey Dore, Herefordshire)
SILVER- Butford Organics, Medium (Bodenham, Herefordshire)
BRONZE- Minchew, Stinking Bishop (Aston-on-Carrant, Gloucestershire)

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