Reviews

New Avalon 2015 Filigreen Cider

New Avalon 2015 Filigreen Cider

The burnt orange/salmon-colored cider derives its name from Filigreen Farms in Anderson Valley, California, the source for the apples used in this new cider. The nose carries a sweet aromas of caramelized apple sugar, honey and green apple around the edge. There is a ripe succulence to the nose. This is medium to large b0died… Read more »

New Avalon 2015 Pale Cider

New Avalon 2015 Pale Cider

The Pale Cider from New Avalon pours with an unusual pinkish/pale orange hue and sports an active collection of bubbles. It’s a hopped cider and the results show up in the aroma immediately, though not in an overwhelming fashion. Beneath the hops is a sweet spicy apple note that does a pretty good job of… Read more »

Le Brun Organic Cidre

Le Brun Organic Cidre

Possessing a burn orange color, decent effervescence that subsides after the pour, the Le Brun Organic Cidre is a Brittany-produced cider made in the region’s traditional low alcohol, sweet style. Aromatically this cider could not be mistaken for anything other than a northern French cider. Distinctive overripe apple, a supple dank aroma and candied ginger… Read more »

Eden Imperial 11° Rosé Cider

Eden Imperial 11° Rosé Cider

Eden’s latest edition to their sparkling cider line up is a bit of a departure for them as it is produced not merely from apples but also with red currant juice. The result is a decidedly salmon-colored, clear cider that arrives in the glass with a splash of foam, which eventually dies back to reveal… Read more »

Mawby Century Cider

Mawby Century Cider

Another active set of suds I associate now with Mawby ciders hits the glass then smooths out to reveal a clear, straw-colored cider. This is a hopped cider and it shows in the nose where distinct floral notes lay over somewhat buried apple aromas. The name of the cider derives from the use of Centennial… Read more »

Mawby Wild Sparkling Cider

Mawby Wild Sparkling Cider

The Mawby Wild bottling pours with a whoosh of foaming effervescence then settles to reveal a salmon-hued cider. The aromas range from light red berry to fresh apple to fresh dough. There is cleanliness all around. Texturally this is a round, somewhat buttery cider that showcases its acidity on the mid palate in light doses…. Read more »

Mawby Bright Sparkling Cider

Mawby Bright Sparkling Cider

The Mawbry “Bright” is appropriately named. The pale yellow cider is quite clear and pours with an abundance of foaming effervescence. The nose is clean and appley and shows a nice underlay of citrus. The flavors follow the nose in this one with an equal blend of ripe apple and ripe lemon sitting on a… Read more »

101 Cider House Black Dog Super Dry

101 Cider House Black Dog Super Dry

Very unusually colored, the Black Dog comes out the bottle black in color and effervescent broken only by fast rising bubbles. Unorthodox to say the least. Same for the aromatic profile. Savory preserved lemon notes, a distinctly herbal (almost rosemary) aroma, and even a hint of glue.What apple notes have been extracted from apples used… Read more »

William Tell Dry Hard Apple Cider With Wild Cherry

William Tell Dry Hard Apple Cider With Wild Cherry

Clear pale ruby in color with few if any bubbles or bubbling to speak of. Stir it about a bit to conjure up some quick foaming. The cherry aroma is prominent here, with sweet apple notes right up along side. Not much beyond this, but the apple and cherry are assertive and almost candied in… Read more »

William Tell Apple Mango Muscat Cider

William Tell Apple Mango Muscat Cider

From the Cider Brothers whose blends of flavors are among the more unique in cider comes this blend of apples, mango juice and muscat wine. It starts out pale yell with large, lazy bubbles and no foaming head to speak of. The aroma on this cider leans toward the mango with a high-toned set of… Read more »