Cider producers experiment recently not only with various fruits but also with herbs such as lavender, thyme or rosemary. This type of cider is called botanical cider.
Company: Scrumptious Wild
Region of Origin: Bristol, England
Ingredients: West County cider apples and thyme
Package type: 500ml translucent bottle
Recommended type of glass: pint glass
Note: made with wild yeast
Appearance: pours a light cloudy, deep golden/ light orange body with no head. No carbonation.
Aroma/Nose: aroma consists predominantly of fresh and ripe apples and apple skins but also a cough syrup like smell coming from the thyme (not disturbing at all!). Some honey hints. Apple notes remind me of French ciders. Very pleasant!
Taste: Long story short, lots of apples, apples, apples and a bit of thyme. The first flavour is sweet and honey like, then mild fruit acids begin to dominate, quite lemon like. The finish is sulphuric and reminds me of bad cider, not too pleasant. But this taste disappears after a while. Pleasant astringency but interestingly not typical for apples with some minor bitter taste. Green notes in the finish.
Overall: I was sceptical at first, no question. It was just difficult to imagine that cider with herbs could taste good. But I must confess that I truly enjoy this cider profanity with thyme manufactured by guys from Scrumptious Wild. Thyme notes are not dominating, being only somewhere in the background not spoiling the apple taste. Thyme flavours enrich the apples and contribute to the overall complexity. Guys from Scrumptious Wild proved that botanical cider can indeed be terrific and that herbs can be a great addition to cider. Hats off! 5.5/6
Availability: I suppose UK only
Price: came with a craft cider subscription from Orchard Box.