sparkling, dry cider
When Martyn Goodwin-Sharman, cider legend and one quarter of the exuberant Neutral Cider Hotel podcast crew, joined us for a blending session, little did we know that he would arrive, just as we had, in the uniform of all cidermakers – red and black plaid! The three lumberjacks got to work tasting through the barrels and, among other things, this cider came into being.
It combines two barrels, one ex-cognac and the other ex-bourbon, in a blend that brings together some wonderful tannic fruit – Harry Masters Jersey (37.5%), Ellis Bitter (33.5%) and Ashton Bitter (16.5%) – with the bright citrussy Browns Apple (12.5%).
This full-flavoured cider has insane aromatics and an energy on the palate that defies logic. It smells of fresh tropical fruit and heady perfume. It’s intense in the mouth: green citrus, mango, peach, sweet spice and more exotic perfume. The tannins have been finely polished and all of these elements linger long.
This is a food matching dream. Supple, complex, juicy, fresh, perfumed and fruit-driven, yet with restraint and modest alcohol.
Enjoy cool but not cold.
No added sulphites. Gluten free. Vegan friendly.