If you have recently decided to acquire a piece of land as a retirement plan, to have pigs or because you needed a barn outside the city for your hobby, and the piece of land happens to have an orchard with cider apples or old apple varieties attached, be warned as you are in a high-risk group. Soon you will end up making hectoliters of award-winning real organic cider like Oliver and Penny from Dorset Nectar in the UK. You’ve been warned!
It’s my first time trying any cider from Dorset Nectar. I’ve chosen to start with the multi-award-winning Old Harry Rocks. Company: Dorset Nectar
Place of Origin: Bridport, Dorset, UK
Apples: a blend of Brown, Dabinett, Coate Jersey, Michelin, Tremletts Bitter, Taylor, Chesil Jersey, Sweet Coppin, Harry Master’s Jersey, Yarlington Mill and Porter’ Perfection from organic orchards
Package type: 500ml clear glass bottle with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: white wine glass or flute
Note: no sulphites, fermented with natural yeast
Appearance: pours a cloudy pale amber with no head. No carbonation. Body is medium.
Aroma/Nose: the nose is funky, tannic and exhibits crisp and sour red apples, cider apples, barnyard, caramel and beeswax. It’s strong and pleasant.
Taste: it starts quite dry and slightly watery with low acidity and a touch of grapefruit-like bitterness. Subsequently, you get a strong tannic kick with high tartness and astringency with a touch of lemon. The aftertaste is dry with refreshing lemon and again, grapefruit-like bitterness with a flavour of red apple.
Overall: the first sip was like a giant explosion of flavours in my mouth. If you could compare it to music it would be like a jazz jam session. Each flavour would play it’s own music at the same time creating a wonderful, balanced, refreshing and unique piece. It’s a cider to please any crowd. I loved it. 5/6
Price: came with my monthly subscription from Orchard Box.