Black Sabbath is the original heavy metal band. Sabbath was formed in 1969 in Birmingham and burst onto the music scene in 1970 with two albums; Black Sabbath which got to number eight in the UK LP charts followed by Paranoid which got to number one. What really made everyone aware of Sabbath was their single, Paranoid, which reached number four in the UK singles charts in 1970. This record sums up everything about heavy metal music; a great opening riff, tremendous pounding drumming and Ozzie Osbourne’s vocals crying out for help. Add some great guitar work and you have that rare thing – a perfect record.
To truly appreciate Sabbath you need something strong and I recommend Perry. Weston’s Perry pours a very pale golden colour with an apple and pear aroma. The taste is not distinctly pear-like which may be due to using a variety of different types of pear. It has a cidery, fruity taste which masks the alcohol. Pear juice naturally ferments out between 6 -8% abv. This is a deceptively strong drink which is sold in large 500 ml bottles. Ideal for appreciating Black Sabbath although if you just want to get out of your head then cheaper alternatives are available from your local convenience store.
Perry is quite simply fermented pear juice. Pears are picked, crushed, the juice filtered and left to ferment and mature. It’s an old-fashioned drink which is mainly found in pear growing areas such as Herefordshire and Worcester. Perry is not to be confused with Pear Cider which is just cider flavoured with pears.
Westons are based in Much Marcle, Herefordshire where they were founded in 1880. It is still a family-owned firm who sell cider and Perry under the brand names of Weston’s, Stowford, Old Rosie and Wyld Wood. They export to over 40 countries and their products are widely available across the UK in bottles and cans.