The first bottle tasted was the last bottle filled and has nearly an inch of sediment settled in the bottom of the bottle:
- Very tart flavor up front. Wonder if either the apricots sat in the fermenter for too long, or maybe due to the amount of puree trapped in this bottle (wishful thinking).
- To me, the flavor is pretty obviously a mix of apricot fruit and extract.
- Slightly bitter taste at the end. This is consistent with the early wort tastings and part of the reason why we added all 4oz of extract.
Update July 10, 2013: The second bottle for opened is from the middle of the bottling process and has much less sediment. It is less tart and tastes much better overall! Good apricot aroma and not overpowering with the apricot.
Update August 17, 2013: Different bottles have been pretty hit-or-miss. I think that during bottling we didn’t let it settle enough after transferring to the bottling bucket–especially because we tried different amounts of apricot extract, re-stirring after each addition. We were probably too impatient.