Perry Pears in New Zealand
Known varieties of Perry Pears are rare if not unknown. There are some wildings ( which of course how the named varieties came about in the first place in England and Normandy, such as Arlingham Squash which was found at Arlingham in Gloucestershire. There is just one original tree, once lost n...Read more
Isaac Newton and apples.
Isaac Newtown was an early Fellow of the Royal Society. His theory of gravity is well known to school boys the world over. Most is true but some apocryphal features have crept in. Firstly he was not hit on the head by an apple. He watched apples falling at his Lincolnshire house Woolsthorpe Manor...Read more
Cider and Advertising through the ages
This the talk I gave to the 4th New Zealand Cider Festival 2019 Firstly why advertise, a fundamental question. The world is global and unless you advertise your company club etc will be lost amongst the rest. Hence the NZ Cider Festival advertises. TeePee Ciders advertise. And to advertise you ...Read more
Abscission of apples
Apple trees are now often seen with apples but no leaves into autumn. This is because of climate change. The change in prolonging warmer temper...Read more
John Taverner Certaine Experiments Concerning Fish and Frvite
The history of English Cider works of antiquity starts in mid C17th. I until recently would consider Ralph Austen to be the first major english la...Read more
Wooden teeth (cogs) on machinery!
Wood Cut of Apple Tree, Marco Bussato 1612 Giardino d'Agricoltura. Ever been to an old water mill in the UK? Hopefully so; there are qu...Read more
William of Cloudeslie
Not as well know as Robin Hood nor William Tell, William of Cloudeslie and his companions Adam Bell and Clim of the Clough were 3 outlaws in ...Read more
Cider and the invention of sparkling champagne.
Sir Kenelm Digby Courtier, Diplomat, natural philosopher astrologer, lover. And the inventor of the wine bottle?
Sir Kenelm was born in 1603 he was the son of Sir Everard Digby who was executed in 1606 for his involvement in the Gun Powder Plot. Kenelm was a ...Read more
Apple Lore. A calendar of apples by Henry Bull
Henry Bull, one half of the Duo Hogg and Bull who gave us the Herefordshire Pomona and also The Apple Pear as Vintage Fruits. included much more ...Read more
Cider from the 1640s became a drink of the nobility as well as a farm drink. War with France interrupted supplies of wine and raised national fervo...Read more
Vintage. Its meaning for Cider.
At TeePee Cider we make Vintage Cider. Vintage has two meanings in cider. Firstly cider made with cider apple varieties recognised as making a ...Read more
Ode to Nature
At TeePee Cider we aim to work with rather than against Nature. An orchard is not a natural place, but it can be a place where Man and Nature c...Read more
Bumble bees and apple pollination.
Apples trees are rarely self fertile and apples need pollen to be transferred from the stamen to ovule, to form. Hence apples trees are reli...Read more
It seems like just a few years ago that the only quality wine makers using the screwcap were in New Zealand. Cork ruled supreme. Other clos...Read more
The Babycham phenomena
BabyCham, a perry ( pear cider) made by Showerings, initially a brewery company is key to cider drinks on many levels, juice, storage fermenta...Read more
Cider Tax Riots
Cider was a common drink in the West country from the 14th Century and formed part of wages of labourers until outlawed by the Truck Act of 1887. U...Read more
Sir George Baker Devon colic was an illness that affected people in the English county of Devon during parts of the 17th and 18th centuries,...Read more
Scudamore Cider Flute
Two views This flute also called the ‘Chesterfield’ flute, (family descent through the Scudamore-Stanhope family to the Earls of Chesterfield),...Read more
Thomas Knight & the Pomona Herefordiensis
The first illustrated pomology book in Britain and the world was written in 1811 by Thomas Knight, orchardist and fruit breeder. Pomona Herefordien...Read more
Talk given to the 3rd NZ Cider Festival 2018
It was great to be invited to talk at the 3rd NZ Cider festival on the history of cider in its “Golden Era” in England. A time when cider matched a...Read more
John Worlidge 1640–1700
John Worlidge or John Woolridge was an agriculturalist, who lived in Petersfield, Hampshire, England. He was considered a great expert on rural aff...Read more
Cider a Poem in two Books: John Philips
. “with notes provincial, historical and classical” by Charles Dunster 1791 An extraordinary book. Cider, A Poem written in 1708 in the form ...Read more
The Rise and Fall of Bulmer’s Cider
The start of industrial rather than rural farm based cider production. Rev Charles Henry Bulmer the rector at Credenhill few miles north of Here...Read more
The story of Scurvy, and the role of Cider
When cider was being developed in the UK into a fine product akin to wine on the Continent in the 17C and it came to the attention of the scienti...Read more
Glass Wine and Cider Bottles
Glass manufacturing was a closed occupation in Medieval Europe concentrated in Venice and closely guarded by the guild and Italian authorities of ...Read more
Cork use to stopper bottles was increasingly used in the 17th C however it was the introduction of the corkscrew, first recorded in 1686 that accel...Read more
Perry is the half forgotten difficult brother of Cider. Perry is made from pears just as Cider is made from apples. However the drink and the word ...Read more
The curious case of the Cider Token
Up to around AD735 silver pennies for a basis of English coinage. These pennies were the smallest denomination, and if smaller change was needed th...Read more
“An Apple a Day keeps the Doctor away”
This seems to be a rhyme whose origins are lost in antiquity but in fact it is quite modern and well know. It appears in its current form in 192...Read more
Vintage: What’s in a word?
When it comes to cider apples quite a lot of confusion it seems Vintage as a word can be a noun: the year or place in which wine, especially wine o...Read more
Yeast : Great fermentations.
Cider like wine is an alcoholic fermented drink. Alcohol is produced by yeasts. But it is essentially a by-product. The yeast is extracting energy...Read more