One of my followers recommended trying the Barn Owl from Perry’s lineup next as this one is his second favourite after the brilliant Grey Heron. So upon request, I’m giving it a try.Company: Perry’s Cider
Place of Origin: The Cider Mills, Dowlish Wake, Somerset, UK
Apples: unknown varieties
Package type: 500ml brown glass bottle with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: pint glass, chalice glass or snifter
Appearance: pours a lightly hazy pale orange with a short-lived white head. Lightly sparkling.
Aroma/Nose: on the nose funky notes of barnyard, incense, leather with a hint of fresh ripe red apples and fermented apples.
Taste: the first sip is slightly watery with medium sweetness and low acidity. Fresh and ripe red juicy apples with fermented red apples, some berries, smokiness and funky barnyard notes on the mid-palate. The aftertaste is dry with a gentle wood and leather note and a lingering strong astringency. No bitterness.
Overall: there was much oohing and aahing during drinking. Barn Owl is simply another great cider from Perry’s. The Barn Owl is, however, less sweet and lighter than the Grey Heron, but similarly mouth-puckering and refreshing at the same time. I must agree that the Grey Heron tasted slightly better as there was more weight on the palate. But, again the Barn Owl is more refreshing. A great drop for the summer, I think. On another note, please bear in mind that due to the mouth-puckering effect of the Barn Owl chatting might be difficult ;-). To summarise, I loved the Barn Owl, but I would rather drink the Barn Owl in the summer, and leave the Grey Heron for a chilly autumn or winter day. 5/6
Price: came with my cider subscription delivered monthly by Orchard Box.