The Five Friends are Kingston Black at 60% by volume and is a bittersharp, Michelin at 18%, a soft bittersweet, Yarlington Mill and Dabinett both bittersweets at 9% and finally Foxwhelp a sharp at 4%. The blend is 80% tank and 20% barrel fermented and matured. Harvested from 2018 and 2019.
A bright, copper gold cider. On the nose sweet spicey notes and ripe red fleshed apples as you walk through an orchard in late autumn, crunching wayward apples under foot. Tasting of juicy, over ripe red fleshed apples with spice. Prickly volatiles keep the fruit fresh and the barrel and smoke emerge to give a full mouthfeel. Slight sourness plus the expected astringency and bitterness keep this very moreish.