The Catlins railway line opened in 1879 and for the next 100 years carried logs and people to the busy towns of Balclutha and Dunedin. Apple cores tossed from the trains by those early passengers has left behind a fine selection of heritage trees lining the tracks. These apples have thick skins packed with tannins which give our cider its deep flavour. Pure Catlins honey is added in secondary fermentation providing balance and character in this fine example of dry scrumpy cider.
The Ettrick Honey Scrumpy cider is based on an English dry scrumpy cider, renowned in the Cornwall and Summerset areas. The recipe dates back to Anglo Roman times, where honey was added before fermentation to increase the alcohol content. A white wine yeast is used to produce a crisp and very dry flavour. The honey and apple juice used in this cider is sourced from the Ettrick area of Otago.