Craigies Cider is an independent cider-maker based in Blessington, Co Wicklow. We only use Irish apples sourced from dedicated growers primarily in counties Waterford, Tipperary, Cork and Kilkenny. We work with the growers throughout the year in order to work with the best quality fruit possible. We believe that Irish cider achieves its greatest complexity and expression as a blend and that each apple should reflect its regional origins as well as its specific fruit characteristics. We are convinced that our ciders should reflect the year in which the fruit was grown and so only produce vintage ciders.
Ballyhook Flyer 2014 (5.8 ABV) is golden in colour with a nose of red apples, orange peel and caramel. It is medium-bodied with fine tannins and the flavours continue on to a long finish thanks to the refreshing acidity. The Ballyhook Flyer is a blend of three different apple varieties: Dabinett is a cider apple that brings colour, aroma, body and tannin to the blend; Katy, an early ripening dessert apple, brings sweetness, aroma and finesse; whilst Jonagold, another dessert variety, brings more citrus-like flavours as well as a refreshing quality. The Ballyhook Flyer is Craigies’ take on a Breton-style, dry sparkling cider.
Ballyhook Flyer 2014 (5.8 ABV) can of course be drunk on its own but will also go very well with dishes such as slow-cooked pork belly, confit of duck or some fine cheeses such as Durrus or Adrahan.