The second incarnation of the Art of Darkness blend has arrived and the 2016 is looking just as good as the last...
Its name derives from the long period of time it spent in the dark; namely 10 months in tank, 14 months in barrel and then 11 months in bottle before release.
2016 was an excellent vintage for Little Pomona, and the Art of Darkness is testament to that. It contains Ellis Bitter (95%); and a small percentage of Foxwhelp (5%), which were fermented in ex Speyside Whisky oak casks. Ellis Bitters is a beautiful variety of apple that takes a long time to release it’s charms, hence the long and slow ferment.
The resulting cider is light, pristine, delicate and pretty - even reminiscent of an orange wine.
James and Susanna, the makers, recommend drinking it cool, not too cold, to get the full depth of flavour, in a similar manner to letting a red wine breathe.
Check out the full tech sheet here.