Jaye and Grant Hutchison of Anstruther's new cider shop, Aeble, share the best ciders to see out summer

The couple share six of the best ciders to have with a barbecue, on the beach or alongside a portion of sticky ribs

Published 18th Aug 2021
Updated 6 th Oct 2023

We’re ignoring anyone who says the nights are drawing in.

There are definitely a few weeks of summer left, and we’re going to eke them out and enjoy them, with the help of Jaye and Grant Hutchison, owners of Anstruther’s new cider shop, Aeble, which opened earlier this year.

They’ve compiled a list, below, of their favourite ciders to see out the warmest season.

All are available to buy in their orange-fronted shop, or you can contact them via Facebook or Instagram for postal deliveries. (The online shop is still in development, but watch this space).

17 Rodger Street, Anstruther, www.aeble.co.uk

Gospel Green Rosé, £16 for 750ml

“This cider is perfect for a summer picnic in the park or outdoor oysters by the sea.

"Made using the Champagne method and with the addition of pinot noir to give it the rosé blush this cider is crisp and refreshing. It has wonderful hints of red berries, elderflower and rosehip to compliment the dryness that leaves you wanting more”.

Pilton Tamoshanta, £9 for 750ml

“This keeved (naturally created with residual sugars), sweet cider has been finished off in ex-Scotch whisky barrels adding a subtle hint of smoke to the caramel and baked apple flavours in the cider.

"An easy drinking but super interesting drink perfect for pairing with sticky bbq ribs and long summer nights round a fire pit”.

Wilding Ditcheat Hill, £12.50 for 750ml

“This naturally sparkling, medium sweet cider has been made using the best apples from a single orchard.

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"The result is pure, elegant and fresh, with lots of fruit, a hint of sharpness and plenty of residual sugar to make it very drinkable. Pair this with a summer fruit salad and a night on a temperate Scottish beach.”

Eric Bordelet Poiré £14.50 for 750ml

“Classic French sparkling perry with the perfect balance of sweetness and acidity, as well as lovely bubbles to give it that special celebratory feel.

"It has beautiful florality and would stand up to any Riesling in a head to head. Pop this on a special party night and watch all your guests clamber for the last pour”.

Little Pomona Hard Rain Hopped #2, £7.60 for 750ml

“This is a low ABV, hopped cider made using the apple, Egremont Russet.

"It’s a refreshing, breezy drink with flavours of pine, grapefruit and herbs. It’s basically a super flavourful, crushable shandy that can be drunk all day long.

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"Get the charcoal fired up and stick some burgers, sausages and halloumi on there and pour yourself a glass of this”.

Anxo Cidre Blanc, £3.90 for 335ml

“Hailing from Washington DC and served in a can this is a must have with your fish and chips or scampi at the seaside.

"It’s a fresh, tangy, sherberty cider that goes down way easier than the 6.9 per cent ABV would suggest. The acidity of the cider will cut through the fat of the chips perfectly and compliment the fish brilliantly”.

Gaby Soutar is a lifestyle editor at The Scotsman. She has been reviewing restaurants for The Scotsman Magazine since 2007 and edits the weekly food pages.
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