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Welcome To Blackthorn Country

Satifsy Your Untamed Spirit

One of the country’s best-known and most loved ciders, Blackthorn is firmly rooted in the rugged hills of Somerset – a county which inspires a spirit of courage and determination. With its distinctive clean, crisp taste,Blackthorn Cider is founded on a passion to never settle for ordinary. Grab Life by the Thorn.

The Story of the Thorn

It all started in 1972, when our team of master cider makers were tasked with crafting a West Country cider to beat all others. They were inspired by the mysterious Blackthorn tree, whose fruit becomes sweeter from enduring a harsh, bitter winter. It symbolises the truth that many of life’s sweetest moments come from embracing and conquering the challenges life throws at you.

Today, Blackthorn is still lovingly pressed and crafted at our cider mill in Shepton Mallet, and is affectionately known by the locals as ‘Thorn’.

Distinctively Bittersweet

We only use ‘Bittersweet’ cider apples in our secret blend to create the refreshingly crisp Blackthorn taste. They have the perfect combination of low acidity and high tannins that gives Blackthorn a more complex and full-bodied character than other ciders, but that’s what makes it so rewarding. But don’t just take our word for it, ‘Grab Life by the Thorn’ for yourself.

Our Ciders

Blackthorn Gold

Developed by an expert team of Somerset Master Cider Makers, tasked with crafting a cider to beat all others, Blackthorn Gold is made using a secret blend of bittersweet cider apples, delivering a distinctive and unforgettable medium-dry taste that remains true to its Somerset roots.

Blackthorn Dry

Blackthorn Dry is pressed and blended to the original recipe by our Master Cider Makers in the heart of Somerset. Crafted with only the best Bittersweet cider apples to deliver a traditional, full-bodied West Country dry cider, the result is a balance between fruit and acidity, finishing with a crisp and sharp aftertaste.

Blackthorn Black 'N Black

Our latest cider creation, Black ‘n Black, has all the rich flavours of dark, ripe blackcurrants and blackberries, expertly blended to give a deep fruity, flavour you’ll love.