Killerton Estate Apple Juice

Killerton OrchardNow this is what apple juice should taste like. A moreish blend of tart and sweet, Killerton Estate Apple Juice tastes like a mix of Cox, Bramleys and more mellow varieties.

But then this juice is made from what one might call an Orchard Blend on the Killerton Estate near Exeter, the National Trust's flagship property on the sustainable stakes.

You can almost taste the care with which this cloudy juice has been pressed from the heritage apple varieties that the orchard is packed with.

Just tasting it transports me back to my fascinating visit with area warden, Ed Nicholson, seen here demoing the enormous, ancient screw-press that all the juice is pressed with.

Ed Nicholson at Killerton EstateWith base material such as this, I'm not surprised that cider made from this juice has won five National Trust Fine Food awards in the last five years.

I see there's an orchard management course with the Estate's cider maestro, Simon in mid-February. I'd say if you have a notion to follow the apples and pears, there'd be a stack of good advice to take away.

Meanwhile, I'll be adding the Killerton Estate to DrinkBritain's stable of find producers to visit as soon as time allows.

Until Easter, best to check website for opening times. At the moment, for example, I see that the House is closed and the Shop & Park/Gardens are open weekends only. 

£4.50/75cl; Killerton Estate Shop, Kitchen Restaurant & Tea Room