In 1980 Ivor and Susie Dunkerton have decided to leave London and start their cider journey in Herefordshire. It’s hard to imagine that at the time there were only very few cider producers making traditional cider. Anyway, their cidery turned into a successful business and today their cider is regarded as one of the best in the world. Currently their cider/perry range feature nine different ciders and perries, but today I’m sampling the award-wining and almost everyone’s favorite Black Fox (Gold Medal – International Cider Challenge 2013, Organic Cider Category; Gold Medal and Best Value Award – Soil Association Organic Food Awards 2013).
Place of Origin: Pembridge, Leominster, Herefordshire, UK
Apples: a blend of Brown Snout, Foxwhelp, Kingston Black, Balls Bitter Sweet, Stoke Red, Dabinett, Court Royal, Breakwells, Yarlington Mill and Dunkertons Late from organic farms.
Sweetness as per label: medium dry
Package type: 330ml amber glass bottle with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: pint glass, white wine glass or snifter
Appearance: pours a slightly hazy golden with amber hues and a white short living foam, which leaves a white ring around the glass. Slightly sparkling. There is some sediment in the bottle.
Aroma/Nose: the nose has still fermenting apple, light acetic-acidity with red ripe apples, apple skins and beeswax. Very tannic with wild barnyard notes and leather. Stunning!
Taste: it begins with a minor residual sweetness (typical rather for a dry than medium dry cider) and light acidity with overripe red apples. The mid-palate is slightly watery and has sort of a ham note with a minimal bitterness and phenolic flavours. The aftertaste is dry with astringent notes coming from tannins along with almonds and barnyard notes. Despite the ABV of 7% I can’t taste any alcohol.
Overall: The Black Fox tastes just amazing! Very rich robust and wild aroma invites you to take the first sip, and then your taste buds experience the richness of flavours and demand more and more. Phenomenal! The Black Fox is one of the best English ciders I had so far. It’s a pity it is not available in Germany as I would definitely buy the Black Fox more often. 5/6
Availability: broad in the UK BristolCiderShop, Beers of Europe , Vintage Roots, Waitress, Ocado, Abel&Cole, Bottleshack, Realfoods, Crampon Hill Farm Shop, However, outside UK the availability is rather limited: Ciderwinkel, Hetciderhuis, van bier, Biologisch Bier.nl just to name a few sources.
Price: had at Beer Temple in Amsterdam for 6 EUR.