Armagh Cider Company is owned by Philip and Helen Troughton of Ballinteggart House, outside Portadown in County Armagh. The county is known as the ‘Orchard’ county because the land is so fertile for apple growing. The Troughton family has been growing apples there for four generations since 1898. Philip’s father, ‘TG’ Troughton, had often talked about starting up his own cider business, but never got around to it, concentrating instead on the market for fresh cooking apples to the retail trade and his contract to supply apples to a large commercial cider maker.
There is a history of cider making in Northern Ireland and Portadown and Loughgall are the original cider making towns in Northern Ireland. In fact, it is reported that King William sent his cider maker to Portadown to make cider for his army!
In 2005 Philip Troughton decided to produce his own cider, using the Bramley apples produced on his farm. This was a new venture for the family and to assist in the development of the cider, Philip enlisted the services of master cider maker Keith Knight in England, who used Ballinteggart apples to develop a bespoke cider. The first cider from Armagh Cider Company was introduced to the market in January 2006 as ‘Carsons Cider’, named after Philip’s mother Josie who was one of three sisters, who all married, losing the Carson’s name. This was the first original Armagh cider on the market.
• Direct from the company premises at Ballinteggart House, Portadown
• Sainsburys supermarkets (Cider)
• Restaurants, delis and farm shops
All of the products produced by the Armagh Cider Company are artisan and hand crafted to ensure a completely natural product containing no artificial ingredients or flavours and bursting with natural flavour. They are produced exclusively from fresh pressed apples which are hand harvested by experienced apple pickers who know that quality is key and that the apples must be treated gently to avoid bruising. They are pressed using a traditional rack and cloth press to ensure that there is no damage to the fruit. This results in a superior quality juice with more texture because tiny bits of fruit remain in the juice.
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