Nothing to do with the company who make Black Fox, but a cider from the Golden Years series of vintage single varietals from Rich’s, made with the Dunkerton’s apple. This is the 2013 vintage described on the bottle as crisp, golden and medium bodied, and it’s oak conditioned. Clear and bright, it’s somewhere between straw coloured and the light end of golden, with a light sparkle.
Quite a subtle nose that reminds me of the classic bittersweet single varieties. The taste is subtle too, fruity – almost floral – with a lot of sweetness. There is a bit of dryness and bitterness in the finish, but not quite enough to balance out the sweetness. Some hints of vanilla in the finish too which I assume are from the oak conditioning. The mouthfeel seems a bit syruppy, perhaps because it’s so sweet.
It’s not unpleasant, but a bit too sweet for my palate.