Traditional cider maker Sheppy's is celebrating its bicentenary with the launch of Old Conky cider. Its name is a nod to the first Duke of Wellington, who was sometimes known affectionately as Old Conky, thanks to his rather large nose.
Sheppy's was started in 1816, and spans six generations. Today, the business is run by David Sheppy and his wife Louisa at Three Bridges Farm in Somerset, where they produce 18 varieties of traditional premium cider.
This year the company will plant a further 22 acres of orchards. It will also develop its visitor centre and run a series of celebratory events throughout the year.
Old Conky is a fine crafted medium sweet Somerset cider, made with traditional cider apple varieties.
David Sheppy, managing director and head cider maker at Sheppy's, said: "This year is a very special year for Sheppy's. And what better way to celebrate our bicentenary than by doing what we do best - producing a premium quality craft cider that honours six generations of cider making. We have thought very carefully about the name for our bicentenary cider - and felt that Old Conky was a fitting tribute to that heritage - and one that we hope will live on for another 200 years."