Back in 1999, David Llewellyn started making proper cider at his own orchard. He was spurred by his frustration with the quality of widely available commercial cider, combined with his passion for the truly noble drink that is good natural cider. David’s cider is made from 100% Irish apples without any addition of water or sugar. Its reputation has gone from strength to strength, winning first prize at the Herefordshire International Cider Competition this year. Double L Irish Real Cider is the longest established – yet the smallest – of the new community of craft cider-makers in Ireland.
Double L Medium Dry (6% ABV) is David Llewellyn’s most popular cider. It is made in very small batches from a blend of Dabinett cider apples and several other sweet apple varieties like Katy, Elstar and Jonagold. It is a light amber colour and the nose is of sweet apple aromas. It has a rich flavour, mild pleasant acidity, gentle tannins and full body. It is not carbonised artificially, but naturally bottle-fermented to give a pleasant sparkle. It is neither filtered nor pasteurised, which is why it has such a freshness of flavour.
Double L Medium Dry (6% ABV) is reminiscent of Normandy ciders and is excellent with almost all cheeses but particularly those in the styles of Gubbeen, Cooleeney and Cashel Blue. It is also a really good accompaniment to smoked mackerel. Of course, it goes well naturally with all manner of pork or ham dishes, but also with many other rich or spicy foods.