Very unusually colored, the Black Dog comes out the bottle black in color and effervescent broken only by fast rising bubbles. Unorthodox to say the least. Same for the aromatic profile. Savory preserved lemon notes, a distinctly herbal (almost rosemary) aroma, and even a hint of glue.What apple notes have been extracted from apples used to produce it are fairly well hidden. Dry and sparkling on the palate with bitter lemon and quinine flavors. There is a hint of funk on the palate, but, like the aromas, apples don’t emerge as part of the flavor profile. This is an acid driven cider. The barest hint on inconsequential tannins show up, but it’s the acid that overshadows. The Cidery’s website note that the cider is produced with apples, lemons and coconut-derived activated charcoal. I think we can say with some confidence that members of the cidermaking movement feel quite free to experiment.
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