Somerset Cider Brandy

Somerset Cider Brandy

Made by the pioneering Julian Temperley of the Somerset Cider & Brandy Company, this is the junior of the family (there's also a ten year old, 15 year old and the recent addition of a 20 year old). It may only be five years old, but what it lacks in age, it more than makes up for in sheer vivacity.

There's a complex nose of molasses, bags of overripe bananas, and rum and bourbon notes – well five years in an oak barrel would give you that – and definite apple notes on the palate. There's a nice complexity, with a salty oxidised edge to finish

The nose gets oakier by the second, while on the palate everything changes as time goes by. The initial sweetness on the tip of the tongue, suddenly gives way to a salty, savouriness.

42%, available from the Cider Shop, £19 and numerous other outlets