On Thu, 18 Nov 2004 00:58:38 GMT, Lobby Dosser
There's no scrumpy in Wiltshire. The locals (looking further to the
South West) would lynch anyone who claimed that the pondwater served
by those squaddie types in their poncey uniforms (real men wear smocks
and mint sauce as aftershave) was anything remotely like cider, let
alone scrumpy. If you want real scrumpy, go to Somerset (maybe
Dorset or Herefordshire too). But Wiltshire is a beer county.
We don't use the term "cider" in the UK, at least not in the same way
that Americans do. Our non-alcoholic stuff is called "apple juice"
and all "cider" is fermented. If it's cloudy, strong and has tails
and whiskers in it, it's generally regarded as "scrumpy". The
stuff is filtered these days and colourless - "white cider"
or "trampagne". It fills the same evolutionary niche as Everclear does
in the USA, but you can't use it to mix shellac. Calvados (distilled
or freeze distilled) comes from Normandy - for tax reasons, the only
English spirit for the last few centuries has been gin.
Outside the months of July and August, cider isn't drunk. Well, it
is, but only by 15 year olds, tramps, and the incurably rustic. It's a
criminal offence to drink cider in most urban areas. In the
countryside though, it's often accepted as mitigating circumstances in
cases of sheep molestation.
'Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu Evesham wagn'nagl fhtagn'