Smell: Smelled as you'd imagine, like apples. There was a subtle pear scent as well. Not much else to it, it's a cider.
Taste: This cider has the most crisp and balanced taste I've ever had. It's moderately sweet, and very light to drink. It's almost refreshing. The pear flavor makes its way in there, letting the apple taste do most of the work, but adding enough to make itself relevant. Honestly, I was pretty blown away.
On a scale of 1 to 10 I would give this a 9. Hands down, this is the best cider I've ever enjoyed. I mean, look at my picture. It looks like I'm in heaven. There's really not much else to say. Unless you're a big fan of more bitter ciders, I'd strongly recommend this. You can probably get your wife to try this with you, too.