Pear Cider? No, thank you. Babycham? Getting closer but still miles away …
So what is this ‘Perry’ that everyone keeps talking about?
Perry – alcoholic drink made from Perry Pears – a very special kind of pears which is local to the area of the Three Counties and Monmouthshire – but also found in central Europe or the US … you can count over 114 known and described varieties in the UK and new ones are being discovered every year – you never know, there might be one in your garden!
Perry Pears have a distinctive taste, lightly perfumed scent and high levels of tannins. Perry is also generally sweeter than cider, because of unfermentable sugar called sorbitol.
Not recommended to bite into them – unless you are evil and fancy seeing your friend pull a face – but a naturally sparkling drink made from perry pear juice has been around for thousands of years.