Friday, October 18, 2013
The net effect is orange with red stripes, quite handsome.
The lenticels are small on the darker, redder region of the blush and larger on the more-orange part that clearly got less sun. Tydeman's Late has a faint sweet aroma with hints of cider and tea.
Tydeman's flesh is light yellow and on the fine-grained side, nice and crisp. Well-balanced flavors are sweet and even but give out a bit before the end of the chew, leaving an impression of grassy grain.
Before that there is cane sugar, cider, and a little citrus. There is a slight peppery bitterness happening during the presentation of flavors as well.
These flavors do not entirely come together for me, but the crunch and overall balance are very good.
One of several varieties developed by H. M. Tydeman in the first half of the 20th Century, Tydeman's Late Orange is often praised for its Cox-like qualities.
I confess I could not find those in this sample (the very last one on the tree on September 30), but Cox's Orange Pippin is Tydeman's sire.