James Marsden is now into his third decade of Cider and Perry production and he modestly states he is still learning every day. He has orchards around the village of Much Marcle which he maintains organically, as well as a number of Perry Pear trees which in some cases are over 270 years old. His background is in environmental science (he has advised Defra on coastal water preservation and is now on the board of the Brecon Beacons National Park) and his understanding and passion for the work around him is profound. He is also fastidious in his production methods and cleanliness. His is a Cider production that is akin to the best winemakers, ensuring now spoilage bacteria or foreign bodies get in the way of the purity of his cuvees. The Cider is a blend of Yarlington Mill and Dabinett and the Perry will be a blend including Barnett, Berry and Winnals Longden (we will have a single variety 2013 Thorne methode Champenoise in from May).
Bottled Conditioned Cider
Bottled Conditioned Perry
Methode Champenoise Perry Thorne Variety