Tom Oliver – Oliver’s Cider & Perry – Three Counties Perry
How Tom got into producing Three Counties Perry and why he chose this particular product
Having grown up in the heart of the Three Counties of Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire, Tom appreciates the importance of Perry and Perry pear growing to the region. The great tradition of Perry producing is close to Tom’s heart and it saddened him as he watched it’s popularity decline. Determined to do something about this decline Tom started producing Three Counties Perry using traditional methods, determined to promote this wonderful product and champion its place in Britain’s culinary heritage. The subtle yet complex flavour of his Perry is a result of Tom’s attention to detail from the variety of Perry pear used to his insistence on not using chemicals in the growing process.
The challenges that Tom is facing producing Three Counties Perry
Tom’s greatest challenge is the lack of raw material. To deal with this Tom helps run an extensive campaign to encourage planting of new Perry pear orchards on new rootstocks and traditional ones, this involves proving that there can be economic return from growing Perry pears. Only by improving the growing system of Perry pears in the Three Counties can Tom produce Perry of the highest quality which will gain a superior price with consumers and re-sellers. In Tom’s words Perry making “is part science, part leap of faith”. He works with natural raw materials which vary in everything from size and sugar content to nutrients, meaning that the final product often varies in flavour and appearance. All these factors make the Three Counties Perry unique but convincing consumers, who are used to standardised taste and appearance, remains a challenge.
Products that Tom is offering
Tom sells a variety of Perry all available to buy online.
Tom’s favourite Three Counties Perry recipe
A favourite of Tom which celebrate the best of his Three Counties Perry is Roast Pork with Pears and Perry.
“Slow Food and their umbrella organisation the ‘Ark of Taste’ support for Three Counties Perry has breathed life into a moribund corner of English alcoholic drinks, extolling the virtues of good, clean and fair while all around pear cider proliferates. The passionate connections developed between local groups, producers and chefs means that more people than ever are able to find a way of enjoying the sublime fruits of the Perry pear.” – Tom Oliver
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