Reviews

Apple Outlaw Rabid Dry Cider

Apple Outlaw Rabid Dry Cider

The Rabid Dry from Apple Outlaw in Oregon’s Rogue Valley starts out brilliantly clear and with a gold hue to the organic liquid. The aromatics on this cider are compelling with its straight green apple notes, a hit of earth and yeast, brown sugar aromas and nice lime blossom halo. As advertised, this is dry… Read more »

Tilted Shed 2014 Graviva Blackberry

Tilted Shed 2014 Graviva Blackberry

Part of Tilted Shed’s Rare and Unusual Cider Series, the Graviva Blackberry from the 2014 harvest was produced in the tiniest of amounts: a mere 9 cases. The blackberry addition is evident in the purple tint of the cider, which also possesses quite visible effervescence, particularly upon pouring. The nose is an incredibly sweet and… Read more »

Tilted Shed 2014 Spinosa Sloe Cider

Tilted Shed 2014 Spinosa Sloe Cider

This unusual cider produced by Sonoma County’s Tilted Shed Ciderwords is made from local heirloom apples and sloe drupes, a small fruit relative of the plum often used to produce Sloe Gin. The cider begins with a golden/orange hue and is completely still. The nose throws distinctive spice and graphite notes and frankly one might… Read more »

Tilted Shed Topwork Dry Cider

Tilted Shed Topwork Dry Cider

A new cider from Sonoma County’s trailblazing Tilted Shed Ciderworks, this effervescent cider is produced from Heirloom apples grown in two different years. The blend of apples consists of Gravenstein, Rhode Island Greening, Transcendent Grab, Nehou and other varieties. Light gold in color with tiny to small bubbles actively rising, the Topwork is fine to… Read more »

Henry Hotspur’s Hard Pressed Spiced Cider

Henry Hotspur's Hard Pressed Spiced Cider

This is a novelty cider produced exclusively for Trader Joe’s and should be no problem for many to find. Light gold in color and pushing small bubbles, this spiced cider is fine to look at. Additionally it is as advertised. The back of the bottle description ends with “tastes like apple pie in a bottle.”… Read more »

Woodchuck Day Chaser Semi Dry Cider

Woodchuck Day Chaser Semi Dry Cider

Yellow/Gold, big bubbled and clear. The Day Chaser by Woodchuck is described as a semi-dry, sessionable cider. It pushes aromas of cooked and ripe apple and carries just the barest note of something funky and murky. The palate sports ripe apple flavors, sweet citrus notes and then falls off into a pretty sweet finish. The… Read more »

Woodchuck Campfire Pancakes Smoked Maple Hard Cider

Woodchuck Campfire Pancakes Smoked Maple Hard Cider

A cider not without precedent as maple has been used as an addition to cider for centuries and a few cideries are in fact smoking apples (pommace) to add complexity to their cider. To begin, it is a clear, effervescent cider with a light gold hue. To continue, it is so completely overdosed with maple… Read more »

Woodchuck Private Reserve Cherry Barrel Aged Cider

Woodchuck Private Reserve Cherry Barrel Aged Cider

Very pretty in the glass with small bubbles swimming in a bright ruby colored liquid. The nose showcases the added cherry juice along with a ripe, sweet apple character. The flavor profile is generous and a nice complex mix of sweet apple, sweet cherry and hints of citrus on the finish. Very clean and effervescent,… Read more »

2008 Eden Cellar Series #2 — The Falstaff Seven Year Cider

2008 Eden Cellar Series #2 — The Falstaff Seven Year Cider

Hello! The picture of this cider with its deep amber robe suggests intensity and lusciousness. Nothing about this seven-year barrel aged ice cider suggests otherwise. The nose is remarkable: Burnt sugar, fig, allspice, cinnamon, reduced apple, cooked raisins and oxidative notes all combine in a spectacularly intense and complex aromatic profile. The flavor profile is… Read more »

2014 Eden Cellar Series: #1 — Cinderella’s Slipper Dry & Still

2014 Eden Cellar Series: #1 — Cinderella's Slipper Dry & Still

Yellow/Gold and racked into near perfect clarity, this first installment of Eden’s Cellar Series is both dry and still. This is pungent cider resulting from its wild yeast fermentation and little or no help in the cellar. A bright funkiness is the most dominant aroma here. Notes of an herbal character, citrus and the barest… Read more »