Art of Darkness is Little Pomonas yearly experiment with extended barrel maturation, expressing the Ellis Bitter apple, a variety that needs time to fully show its potential. This is spontaneously fermented in tank and then aged in barrels for 16 months before bottling, still and dry, without any additions or filtration. 2018 was a brilliant year for apples; this cider will be great now but benefits from ageing. It is aromatic & mineral with bold tannins. This goes very well with food especially salty blue cheese or rich, earthy dishes.


Progressive and experimental cider-makers James and Susanna Forbes have become an essential part of the resurgent interest in fine cider & perry.  Inspired by wine-making techniques, using natural techniques and caring for their environment, they were named ‘2019 Cider Producer of the Year’ by the Hereford Times. They make ciders & perries with character & structure that go especially well alongside a meal.

Little Pomona - The Art of Darkness 2018

  • Name The Art of Darkness
    Producer Little Pomona
    Style Dry Cider (Still)
    Country UK
    Region Herefordshire
    Vintage 2018
    Varieties 98% Ellis Bitter, 2% Foxwhelp
    ABV % 7.7
    SO2 None added
    Production Natural. Unfiltered. Vegan. Barrel Aged (Old whisky)
    Tasting notes Bone Dry + Savoury + Aromatic