At the International Cider Challenge 2019 proudly African cider brand SXOLLIE [pronounced ‘sk-olly’, like ‘brolly’ or ‘trolley’] walked away with the gong for ‘Supreme Champion’ of this prestigious annual competition. The cider that swept the board was the SXOLLIE Cripps Pink Cider, made from Pink Lady apples.
More than 400 ciders from around the world were entered in the International Cider Challenge 2019, with leading British brands competing alongside ciders from as far afield as New Zealand, Australia and the United States.
Only freshly pressed apples – never concentrate or sugars – are used, fermented with champagne yeasts in stainless steel tanks to preserve the bright fruit flavours of sun-kissed South African apples. After settling the juice, careful filtration and delicate carbonation delivers a natural handcrafted cider entirely free from any artificial flavours, colours and additives. It’s suitable for gluten-intolerant cider-lovers, and is vegan-friendly.
SXOLLIE is one of the pioneers in introducing single-varietal ciders into the UK market, and today their Golden Delicious, Granny Smith and Cripps Pink have grown a cult-like following in bars, pubs, restaurants and retailers across the United Kingdom.
After being selected for the competitive ‘Future Brands’ portfolio, SXOLLIE is now available in most Sainsbury’s stores and online nationwide.
The Metropolitan Pub Company, Stable Pizza group, as well as a wide range of independent pubs and restaurants, have signed on with SXOLLIE this year. It is also the only cider served in Heston Blumenthal’s three-Michelin-star restaurant, The Fat Duck.
My husband is a massive cider fan so he tried these out and was so impressed. His favourite was the granny smith apple one. I will have to go and stock up!
I love the design of the bottles and the catchy/unique looking name. I think it is great that they are gluten free and vegan to appeal to more people and it is clearly labelled on the back 🙂
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