Black Dragon Seidr 7.2% Print
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ImageA lovely Welsh oak conditioned medium dry cider 7.2% abv from Gwynt-y-Ddraig in Pontypridd, South Wales. One of the nicest medium ciders we've ever had here at the Blue Bell Inn, smooth, strong and definitely medium!

This special reserve cider has been hand crafted exclusively from cider apples grown by traditional methods in ageing orchards. The juice pressed from these apples is fermented and matured in oak barrels to produce a cider rich in colour, body and flavour with a fresh fruity aroma.

News for 2010: Gwynt y Ddraig's Black Dragon draught cider was judged OVERALL CHAMPION at the International Cider Competition held at the Hereford Cider Museum last month. This followed a Silver Medal for Black Dragon at CAMRA'S National Cider and Perry Judging held in Reading the previous week. More recently and indeed closer to home, Black Dragon has won Cider of the Festival at the Welsh Beer & Cider Festival held in the CIA, Cardiff.

Suitable for vegetarians, vegans and coeliacs.

Gwynt Y Ddraig Cider started production in the late autumn of 2001. Bill George and Andrew 'Drew' Gronow embarked on a cider making venture with one remit, to make Cider using traditional methods. There were no plans with what would be done with the cider once made, apart from being drunk that is, and it was all very much approached as a hobby with 100 gallons in the first batch.

Apples were picked and pressed pretty much at random as they had no real experience in the cider making field and the resulting juice was left to ferment in some old oak casks. Surprisingly the resulting cider, as Bill & Drew put it "wasn't half bad," although it was strong enough to knock out a couple of elephants! Many a person fell at the hand of that first batch. Importantly though, it gave them the cider bug. Realising that they had no way of re-producing the cider they had made due to the random mixture of apples they had used, they decided to take a more methodical approach.

From now on they would only use apples they recognised and had information about their cider producing properties.Through trial and error the technique slowly evolved into the methods used today. Still very much on a learning curve they continue to experiment with traditional methods with an emphasis placed on experimenting with apple blends to produce new and unique flavours.

When we visited them in Dec '09 they had something more than 500,000 litres of cider on the go!