It should be noted that a portion of the apples used to produce the Shacksbury Farmhouse were cultivated in Herefordshire, England. Though this is noted on the Shacksbury website, it isn’t noted on the bottle. It should be. That said, the Farmhouse is a lovely and brilliant medium gold with evidence of rising bubbles. The nose is interesting as the prominent aromas is white grape juice. The apple character is quite muted. Crushed flower character and hints of spice fill out the aromatic profile. Slightly sweet ripe apple hits the palate first. That white grape flavor follows. The barest hint of burnt wood slides in under the wire along with mellow lemon notes. Structurally you get a cider that is built around sparkle and smooth tannins primarily. This is not a big cider, but it is flavorful and refreshing.
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