Our Blue Label rage is a project we've been wanting to do for quite some time. Whilst Dolores, Freya and Idunn (core range) are made to a very high quality and are incredible drinks, there's no room for showcasing the potential of Hopped Cider, dare we tinker with existing, delicious recipes.
This month sees the launch of Congal The Blind, our first in a series of extremely limited edition, super premium ciders - all of which are hand pressed, blended, packed and finished. Congal is an oak aged infusion of Goldings hops, which provides a sweet-honey taste bracketed by oak and spice, even though the cider is statistically extremely dry. The Blue Label format really enables us to showcase how different hops interact with quality cider, on a very personal level.
It is our intention to release 2-3 Blue Label products a year, with a production size of only 300 bottles per batch. Each bottle is produced to an extremely high standard in terms of ingredients, process and packaging. They take a considerable amount of time to make and are rather expensive to produce - we are entering entirely new HMRC duty brackets here, ones that if you are reading this as a cidermaker, you have probably looked at and wondered who would ever make a product that would fall into those categories!
There's lots of information about the Blue Label range available on it's own section of our website, Beard and Sabre Blue Label
And if you are looking to get hold of a bottle, visit our store page here.
If you have never tried 'fine' cider before, we really do urge you to pick one up before they are gone. It truly is amazing what can be achieved when cider is treated, tasted and viewed as a wine would be. Beard and Sabre will always be about creating amazing drinks that people want to drink (and that are affordable!) - our Blue Label range is a project discussed back in 2015 as 'Directors Reserve'. It is an incredible format to express our love of cidermaking and advance hopped cider research. Congal The Blind has been entered into the 2021 International Cider Competition in both cider, and the design & packaging categories, so watch this space!