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Beer – #1,070 – Peckham’s – Blaze Fire 2018

Peckham’s Blaze Fire 2018 – I don’t often write about Cider, mostly because they’re not beer 🙂 I’ve had some of their other ciders and I can assure you that they are properly copy shelf stuff, expertly and lovingly crafted with real quality. So it’s no surprise that I dashed to the store to get me one of these, i don’t think they’ll be around long.

a perfect accompaniment

This is a lovely presented 330ml bottle of Cider, the Blaze Fire 2018 is 12.0% ABV, and is around that 360 calories a serve, this bottle is 3.6 standard drink units worth.

Peckham’s Blaze Fire 2018 is made in  Nelson, New Zealand in the style that is an  Apple Cider of course it’s brewed by the lovely people at Brewed by: Peckham’s and in collaboration with those nice people at McLeod’s

A Blaze of Glory

Fire Cider from Peckham”s Cider and McLeod’s Brewery. Super limited stock.

A rich, winter cider made from pure Harry Master’s Jersey juice, caramelised over a wood fire.
Warming and aromatic, this cider is a perfect accompaniment to a brandy glass, armchair and woodburner.

So, What could possibly go wrong?

Well getting into it when you don’t got a knife 🙂 but I went and got a knife, and even then a challenge. I was expecting a cap, underneath though a cork. It was worth the effort.

That’s some lovely apple cider aroma.

It’s not as ‘bright’ as I expected it to pour, although it hasn’t changed colour from the bottle to the glass, it does look cloudier and darker. The aroma in the glass that lovely sweet and somewhat dusty thing that you get with good cider.

It also pours dead flat.

OMG it’s like a syrup. Like the best syrup I’ve ever had. It’s thick, viscous, sticky, intense, very intense, sweet, slightly smokey.

Brilliant.  Each mouthful sup is an explosion and revelation, and after a few nips you feel you’re developing a dryness on the tongue. It’s not unwelcome.

I’ve got to tall you too that this is brilliant with the platter of the things MrsPhil cobbled up, Blue Cheese- brilliant,  Feta & Spinach Hummus – brilliant , Olives – brilliant, it just ricochets off the food.

Proper Cider, a proper platter and proper good music. It’s been Friday!

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 10 of its things from the thing. I’ve had this for what seems and age, and it’s really been worth waiting to drink, the thickness, the apple syrupy sweetness, the mouthfeel, it really is outstanding.

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? The local Liquorland of course.
  • Am I enjoying it? It is an eye opener, and it’s delightful
  • Would I have another? IF I can find one I’d buy it, it’s on the wish list.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? My experience with cider is at the cheaper end, not really the proper stuff, Peckhams are one of the few New Zealand proper Cider makers, this is brilliant work, and opens up a a path that I didn’t think I’d be going down.

Music for this:  The Record Company –  an American rock band from Los Angeles. The Album of choice tonight is  All of this Life which you can find on the Spotify

Apple Cider

Made from fermented apple juice, cider comes in a number of varieties. English cider is dry, with fruity, tannic qualities and low carbonation. This can be found cask-conditioned in England. Normandy is another major cider-producing region, with a sweeter, more effervescent, very complex style. Ciders produced elsewhere are often sweet, simple beverages for mass consumption, though there are some good English-style ciders in North America and Norman-style ciders in Quebec



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