Emily Says . . . . ‘Old Mout Cider’

Old Mout

In her sixth feature under ‘Emily Says . . .’, the voice to the Manchester bar scene in Emily Puckering looks at her favourite Summer cider;

Any bartender will be familiar with the famous brands of fruit cider. Fruit cider, whether one likes it or not, is the nation’s favourite summer time drink and certainly will be for a long time. And with summer creeping around the corner, I thought I’d write up a little something about one of the best brands and what wonderful things this company has to offer… and most importantly, how to pronounce it correctly!

Established 65 years ago in Nelson, New Zealand, Old Mout began on a cycling trip in England. Wanda Tait sampled the traditional local ciders and fell in love instantly. Bringing this love back to NZ, she set up her own cidery in a shed and the infamous company was born.

A couple of young pioneers then took over. Justin and Scottie helped give Old Mout the name they are so famous for with their tantalising and unique fruit flavours, rather than sticking to the traditional apple or pear flavours. The pair were inspired by the beautiful island fruits and went on to develop a range of fruit flavours that would later win them awards and, of course, a step up the ladder in the competitive cider industry.

Today in the UK, Old Mout is slowly but surely becoming a household name. With the strong competitors of Kopparberg and Rekorderlig fruit ciders, it was certainly a gradual process getting the word out about this NZ number. And it still is a gradual process on how to pronounce it correctly…

Its spelling causes understandable confusion. Rather than pronounce it as ‘Mout’, as the spelling suggests, it is in fact pronounced as ‘M-oo-oo-t’. Nor is it pronounced as ‘Moat’ either, which I’ve heard a few times over the bar as I’ve struggled to hold back my laughter.

Old Mout features four very unique flavours over here in the UK:

Kiwi & Lime
Strawberry & Pomegranate
Summer Berries
Passionfruit & Apple

Rather than sticking to the generic ‘Strawberry & Lime’ favourite that dominates most fruit ciders here in Britain, Old Mout have put a twist on the classic flavours of traditional cider. Pairing passionfruit with apple delivers bittersweet notes, and the combination of kiwi and lime gives something truly refreshing. Pomegranate has truly made an appearance in the bar over the last year, and it makes a superb flavour for a cider as Old Mout has proved.

So for this summer, make sure you are equipped with sunglasses and a bottle of Old Mout cider when sitting in your favourite beer garden; the sunshine and the exotic fruits of New Zealand have been brought to the UK!

Luscombe Drinks

I’ve noticed lately that you can’t beat a good, refreshing drink. Easy to say, and I suppose everyone will have had the experience at some point in their lives, but if you’re like me, branching out and trying something different just seems to make it all a little sweeter.

It’s with this statement that I would like to introduce Luscombe to the table. An organic soft drink range from Devon, England with history stretching back to 1975, Luscombe offer an extensive range of flavoured drinks, with an ethos that owner Gabriel David says is “It’s all about the taste”.

Going direct to source, Luscombe pride themselves on working with the fruit producers over purchasing through fruit companies, meaning that they receive what they believe is the very best at the right times of year. Examples include UK growers (usually their own Devon orchards) for the apples and elderflowers, lemons from Sicily, ginger from Peru, Williams pears from France and apricots from Spain. Oranges from Sicily or Mexico and limes from Sri Lanka.

With the use of fresh ingredients, it means that it lacks a full consistency due to the seasons and weather conditions, but a tiny amount of variation, for me, really hammers home their idea of creating a true form of flavoured soft drinks.

So with this, below I give to you my tasting notes on my experiences so far –

Soft Drinks:

Luscombe Sparkling Apple Crush – 0%

Soft baked apple on the nose, with hints of naturally sweetened apple pulp. Slightly sharp on the palate, with the fresh apple juice coming through. Bold red apple skin flavour on the lingering finish.

Luscombe Damascene Rose Bubbly – 0%

Lightly scented rose petal on the nose, with a soft citrus following. Very soft on the palate, with hints of the rose coming through, blended with freshly cut lemons and clementines.

Luscombe Madagascan Vanilla Soda – 0%

Soft vanilla notes on the nose, with the flavour thinning off once onto the palate. Light, scented and lingering on the finish.

Luscombe Lime Crush – 0%

Ripe lime on the nose, with a sharp hit of zest. Softer than expected, but a back-of-the-throat catch of lime creates a long finish.

Luscombe Sicilian Lemonade – 0%

Very light on the nose, with only hints of the lemon coming through. Subtle once again, with the dry lemon profile offering a scented finish.

Luscombe Wild Elderflower Bubbly – 0%

Fresh elderflower on the nose, with slight sharp hits of the flavour following. Sweet start, with a softer ending, seeing the elderflower linger with bursts of freshness.

Luscombe St. Clements – 0%

Bold, dry notes of the orange and lemon combining on the nose. Slight sharpness to be gin with on the palate, following to a smoother finish with hints of the rind and zest of each.

Luscombe Strawberry Crush – 0%

Fresh, soft strawberry aromas on the nose, with a smooth offering onto the palate. Short, but a bold finish.

Luscombe Raspberry Crush – 0%

Bold raspberry notes on the nose, with a tart follow-up on the palate. A lively, long finish of vibrant, fresh raspberry.

Luscombe Cranberry Crush – 0%

Subtle notes of stone cherry, with hints of ripe vanilla coming through. Very soft, a little dry, with the cherry flavour coming through slowly. Short on the finish.

Luscombe Cool Ginger Beer – 0%

Created with less ginger.
Soft, fresh ginger comes though on the nose. Very soft on the palate too, with more of the root ginger present, followed by dry earth notes leaving a lingering finish.

Luscombe Passionate Ginger Beer – 0%

Fresh, sparkling ginger on the nose, with lighter notes than its Cool expression. Ripe ginger, with a bolder profile, seeing a lingering, dry, passionfruit etched finish.

Luscombe Hot Ginger Beer – 0%

Bold notes of stemmed ginger comes through on the nose. Light start, but the ginger profile hits, bringing a warmth to the long, slightly spiced finish.


Luscombe Orange – 0%

Ripe orange rind on the nose, with a sun-kissed flavour on the palate which see’s the orange come though smoothly to a long finish.

Luscombe Apple and Pear – 0%

Pear notes dominate the nose, with the red apple flesh underlining. A more balanced profile on the palate, with the apple notes offering a rich, fresh experience, and the pear creating a long finish.

Luscombe Apple Juice with Ginger – 0%

Subtle apple on the nose, with only a dash of ginger coming through. The ginger hits a little more on the palate, offering a slight kick as it follows the bold, fresh apple.

Luscombe Apple and Apricot – 0%

Very dry notes of the apricot come through on the nose, with the apple scents following slowly. Slightly stewed combination on the palate, seeing the apricot dominate as it heads to a lingering finish.

Luscombe Carrot and Orange – 0%

Very subtle orange and carrot aromas on the nose, followed onto the palate with a smooth offering. Thin, with a short finish.


Luscombe Devon Cider – 4.9%

Made with Devon apples including Tail Sweet, Sugar Bush, Devon Crimson, Slack-Ma-Girdle. Subtle notes of rich apple, followed by a sweet vanilla profile. A good hit of fresh vanilla once again, with the apple scents opening a bold, rich finish that lingers.

A great range of soft drinks, with the flavours of each really offering that fresher profile that many of us ask for in our beverage. Serve chilled, the expressions cater i think for all, and could be one’s to impress with when pulling out of your fridge.

© David Marsland and Drinks Enthusiast 2016. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog/sites author and owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to David Marsland and Drinks Enthusiast with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.



Tullamore D.E.W. Unveils A World-First Cider Cask Finish Irish Whiskey


Tullamore D.E.W. – the original triple distilled, triple blend Irish Whiskey – has unveiled the world’s first cider cask finished Irish whiskey – Tullamore D.E.W. Cider Cask Finish.

This unique whiskey combines two of Ireland’s oldest crafts, cider-making and whiskey-making. The result  is a rare blend that brings the senses on a journey – straight to the heart of Ireland. Tullamore D.E.W. Cider Cask Finish is a triple distilled, triple blend Irish whiskey infused with notes of toasted oak and tinged with cider sweetness to engage and delight the palate of Irish whiskey lovers everywhere.

John Quinn, Tullamore D.E.W. Global Brand Ambassador, commented; “To create Tullamore D.E.W. Cider Cask Finish, we selected the finest apples, which were then freshly pressed and held in oak casks for several months. As the cider fermented, the tart-yet-sweet notes infused the bourbon casks. We then siphoned all the fermenting cider, replacing it with Tullamore D.E.W. Irish whiskey for a further three months of maturation.”

He continued, “Once a year, this finely-balanced, sophisticated spirit is created here in the heart of Ireland,punctuated by an Irish seasonal craft with exquisite subtlety. By combining the age-old tradition of cider making – which dates back to the 1600s – with Tullamore D.E.W.’s 185 years of expertise in whiskey making, we believe that what we’ve produced is something incredibly exciting – a product that’s truly worth seeking out.”

Tullamore D.E.W. Cider Cask Finish has smooth distinctive taste – soft and mellow, with a lovely balance ofoak, creamy malt and sweet, fresh apple notes. It’s the sweet, lingering taste and subtle fruity notes that define this singular Irish whiskey, making it the perfect gift for true whiskey explorers.

Tullamore D.E.W. Cider Cask Finish is a 40% ABV triple distilled, triple blend Irish whiskey, available exclusively at Global Travel Retail outlets around the world.

Artisan Drinks

Lindy Wildsmith Artisan Drinks

I’ve many a reference book on my shelves, ranging from brand specific, to cocktail ideas, to category overviews. It’s odd to admit then that despite the numerous titles, I don’t sit down, open one up and flick through. I do know why. I get incredibly frustrated if I come across an inspiring idea, or a cocktail that I would love to re-create and experience. I haven’t got the bar, the arena to show these new-found ideas off. Well, not yet anyway. But until that day when I sign on the dotted line, I keep my nose firmly out of a good book for my own sanity. My only outburst of this shall we say is the goal of Drinks Enthusiast and this very website that you are browsing. This site, this drinks directory more than anything, is my outlet, my ‘sneak peak’ as I stride towards experiencing as much as I can in view of what I believe will be a ground-breaking concept for a bar. To some, this whole paragraph may sound confusing, spacial maybe. Odd perhaps. But I invite you to my bar in the future and I promise it will all become clear.

However I’m contradicting myself a little. I’m not a blogger who rambles on about their ideas. No, never have been, but I believe an explanation was due as this feature looks at the one aspect of my life I try to avoid. This feature looks at a category I have never once reviewed, and starts with a book entitled ‘Artisan Drinks’.

The cover may look familiar to some as the author Lindy Wildsmith released this back at the latter end of last year. And I’ll hold my hands up, I’m late into the party when I promised to take a look at this. The aforementioned reason perhaps, as essentially I’ll be raking in some ideas that Lindy has published, and wishing I could recreate for the crowds in Manchester. Intrigue has got the better of me though as the aspect of DIY liquids has become a hot topic in the last few years between both bartenders and customers.

So lets take a look.

Lindy herself runs a venue named ‘The Chef’s Room’ in Wales, specialising in British country cooking and Italian regional food, a passion she picked up after living in Rome for several years. This sentence alone sets the tone of the recipes and ideas. Italy is seen as on of the countries that originates the combination of herbs, elixirs and fruits, while Britain gives the simplicity to the recipes which make them stand out for all to re-create. Take her ideas for cordials and soft drinks. The first recipe is a ‘Italian lime siroppo‘, a modern take on a 1696 idea, and is essentially 5 limes, and a 2:1 ratio of water to sugar. You couldn’t start with a simpler Italian/British combination! Grenadine, ginger, lemon barley and spiced blackberry are all covered, as are some of the more intriguing bases including raspberry vinegar, rosehip syrup and syrop de menthe (mint).

It’s not just your usual syrups that Lindy covers though. she dives into the likes of beer, cider and perry, wine, digestifs, punches and cocktails, as well as dabbling with non alcohol versions of sparkling, soft drinks and elegant mocktails. Her mocktails, for example, utilise her previous recipes, including one for a ‘Prohibition’ cocktail. Home-made apple juice combines with syrop de menthe and egg for a truly unique drink for an evening. I’m sure there’s no better feeling when you blend two home-made creations to make one truly artisan drink!

it’s not just your usual fruits and herbs that get a shoe-in within the book though. The last chapter dives into the teas, tisanes and spicy brews, something that has grown with fascination these last few years. Examples include ‘herb garden tisanes‘ using thyme, sweet cicely and borage amongst others, or ‘hot tangerine and nutmeg chocolate’ that will surely blow away your usual supermarket mix. While flicking through though, you can’t help but notice some stunning photography skills which really make each recipe hit with impact. Photographer Kevin Summers is a 20 year veteran, working with the likes of Delia Smith and Nigel Slater, and has produced some amazing shots of all aspects of recipe production.

I’m glad I plucked up the courage to open up and have a read. A recipe book essentially, and one that has now filled me with ideas for that opening night. The recipes are simple and I’m sure incredibly effective, and it seems that there is a finished product that would work for just about any palate. Variation is key these days, and Lindy has got it spot on. Grab a copy and take a look for yourself. I suppose though that I can only guess at the moment that her recipes will stand up to others who have come before her.

Give it a year and I’ll let you know.

© David Marsland and Drinks Enthusiast 2015. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog/sites author and owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to David Marsland and Drinks Enthusiast with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Magners Unveils Refreshing Twist To Orchard Berries

Magners Orchard Berries - 500ml bottle shotMagners, the premium Irish Cider brand, has unveiled a fresh new look and bottle size for its popular Orchard Berries flavour – a clear 500ml bottle which shows the juicy red colour inside, packed with ripe strawberries, tangy raspberries and zesty blackcurrants.

Previously named Magners Berry, the new-look Magners Orchard Berries is perfect for hot summer days, with a popular fruity taste and attractive bottle size; it’s an ideal accompaniment for picnics and parties with friends.

Offering an additional twist on the classic serve, Magners’ expert mixologists have created a range of fresh and exciting cocktails using the Orchard Berries product to coincide with the launch of the new look bottle. Perfectly pairing the zesty flavour, the team have built a collection of deliciously refreshing drinks to highlight the fresh, fruity tones of the classic liquid.

Accessible and easy to create from home, the cocktails are designed in three mouth-watering variations – Orchard Berries Blossom, Orchard Berries Royal and Very Merry Berries.

Karen Crowley, Brands Marketing Manager for Magners, said:

“Flavoured cider has boomed in the UK, since we first launched our berry variant in 2012. Our new look Orchard Berries combines the original unique recipe with a stylish fresh design to appeal to the product’s growing fan base.

“Backed with a delicious collection of cocktail recipes, targeted towards new and current cider lovers, Magners Orchard Berries is the perfect summer drink, best served straight and over ice or with an additional fruity twist.”

Magners Orchard Berries is available from supermarkets including The Co-operative and Tesco, convenience stores and selected bars across the UK. For more information please visit http://www.magners.co.uk

Magners Orchard Berries Cocktails

Orchard Berries Blossom
Orchard Berries Blossom

Orchard Berries Blossom (one Magners Orchard Berries bottle makes two cocktails)


· 8 Mint leaves
· 4 lime wedges
· 15ml sugar syrup
· 200ml Magners Orchard Berries
· Crushed Ice

To garnish: mint sprig and a trio of speared berries

Glass: wine balloon


· Lightly muddle mint, lime and sugar
· Fill ¾ glass with crushed ice
· Add 50ml of the Magners Orchard Berries, churn and stir
· Cap with more crushed ice and top with 150ml Orchard Berries
· Garnish with a sprig of mint and a trio of speared berries

Orchard Berries Royale
Orchard Berries Royale

Orchard Berries Royale (One Magners Orchard Berries makes five cocktails)


· 1 sugar cube
· 10ml Creme De Cassis
· 100ml Magners Orchard Berries
· 25ml Proseco or Champagne

To garnish: lemon twist

Glass: Champagne flute


· Simply add all ingredients to the flute glass
· Garnish with a lemon twist

Variations: Substitute Cassis for Aperol or Campari or Absinthe

Orchard Very Merry Berries
Orchard Very Merry Berries

Very Merry Berries (one Magners Orchard Berries makes two cocktails)


· 4 raspberries
· 4 strawberries
· 4 blueberries
· 35ml pink grapefruit juice
· 15ml sugar syrup
· 200ml Magners Orchard Berries

Glass: Pint glass tanker

Garnish: Grapefruit twist and strawberry garnish


· Quarter the strawberries and half the blueberries
· Add the berries into the glass along with the ice, grapefruit juice and syrup
· Top with the Magners Orchard Berries
· Garnish with the grapefruit twist and strawberry garnish

Fancy a Beer Mate Sale Winter Ales Festival

The boys at Fancy a Beer Mate are back with a two-day festival at the Sale Masonic Hall on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th November.

Commencing at 5pm till 11pm on the Friday, and noon till 11pm on the Saturday, Fancy a Beer Mate will be showcasing the likes of Dunham Massey Brewing Company, Mobberley Fine Ales, The Tap House Brewery and the Leatherbritches Brewery as well as a selection of ciders and perrys from both the Broadoak Cider Company and Saxon Cider Company. Wine and soft drinks are also available.

Tickets are £5 on the night (receive 20% off if you click here and purchase online) which includes £1 refundable deposit on the festival glass. Tokens are then available to purchase once inside. Free entry for parental supervised children on Saturday afternoon till 7pm and their drinks are free.

The venue is located approximately 150 metres from the Sale Metrolink station, behind the Town Hall. 

And there’s entertainment too! Local girl and singer / songwriter Sophie Roberts will be covering a list of well-known hits as well as her own songs.

So come on down!

For further information about Fancy a Beer Mate, click here