By Rebecca Harris

Mercury Artisan, a new premium cider handcrafted from 100 per cent Tasmanian apples has been released.

Made at the foothills of Mt Wellington, Tasmania, leading drinks figure Alexx Swainston said that “Mercury Artisan shows impressive rich fruit character, with a fabulous, creamy mouth feel. It presents a fresh, crunchy, sweet-apple nose with delicate gamey undertones and these heady aromas certainly continue on the palate with a crisp finish.”

Mercury Artisan is made in a similar fashion to wine. The apples are crushed and pressed, fermented with selected yeasts, then filtered and bottled. The cidermakers at Mercury work with experienced pomologists (apple graders), who categorise fruit into four types: sweets, sharps, bittersweets and bittersharps.

This release comes on the back of Vok Beverages launching Three Oaks Cider earlier this week indicating the increasing competition in the cider market, potentially as a result of the RTD tax hike.

Mercury Artisan is available nationally.

The Shout Team

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