Released under Tilted Shed’s “Luminous Series” of rare and unusual ciders, this still and unfiltered cider is produced from 100% Kingston Black apples grown in Sonoma County, California. The cider possesses a distinctive orange hue and has a slightly off-center clarity. The aromatics on this cider are remarkably pure. Ripe apple steams up first and carries through with pinches of earth, funk and herb. There is an orange pekoe note in the nose. The flavors are rich and nuanced with revolutions of tart apple, wood, weak black tea, and a note of green. This is dry, still cider that trades on a wonderful balance of acid and tannin for its structure with the tannins taking the lead. The 8% alcohol lends some body, but little heat. It’s a fascinating rendition of the Kingston Black apple. Only 5 cases produced.