Cider Musings

English Apple Cider Brandy


First UK Excise license granted to Bertram Bulmer in October 1984 after a long battle with Customs and Excise. He imported a pot still made in 1905 from Normandy where apple brandy is called Calvados and called it King Offa’s Distillery after the local Anglo Saxon Mercian King. Bertram obtained Royal patronage and the Queen donated oak for making English oak barrels for the brandy maturation. At Bulmer’s Centenary Bertram presented the Queen a bottle of apple brandy made in those casks.