Slightly cloudy gold ochre colour with pale orange tinge. This cider pours remarkably well, resembling champagne until the head vanishes without a trace. Ample, fine bead persists. Ripe apple aroma, with hints of blue cheese and a touch of spice. The palate delivers flavours of ripe apple and spice, before turning slightly tart with distinctive mouldy flavours (very similar to the mould that develops in blue cheese). This characteristic is often referred to as ‘mercaptan’ when experienced in wine, and in this case is most likely caused by the secondary fermentation which occurs in the bottle. There is a powdery feel to the palate, similar to the powdery sensation that appears when eating an apple fresh from the tree. Long, crisp, slightly tart finish. Below the ‘rusticity’, a touch of grassiness and hints of hay emerge in the aftertaste. A most unusual treat!