Reviews

2014 Shacksbury Lost & Found

2014 Shacksbury Lost & Found

Produced from primarily foraged apples from the Champlain Valley. The 2014 Lost and Found has a slight cloudiness to the gold/orange cider that pours with decent effervescence. The nose on this cider is beautiful. A mix of warm ripe apple, forest floor, wet cement, a hint of early vinegar and notes of warm rising dough…. Read more »

2014 Shacksbury Farmhouse

2014 Shacksbury Farmhouse

It should be noted that a portion of the apples used to produce the Shacksbury Farmhouse were cultivated in Herefordshire, England. Though this is noted on the Shacksbury website, it isn’t noted on the bottle. It should be. That said, the Farmhouse is a lovely and brilliant medium gold with evidence of rising bubbles. The… Read more »

2014 Shacksbury Arlo Craft Cider

2014 Shacksbury Arlo Craft Cider

Produced by the respected Vermont Cidery, the Arlo presents itself with a brilliant gold robe that holds very few bubbles. Aromatically one confronts a rather assertive aroma of nail polish, combined with very ripe to cooked apples. The nail polish notes aren’t vinegar notes. Think subtle kambucha. On the palate the cooked apple and nail… Read more »

Magners Original Irish Cider

Magners Original Irish Cider

A richly gold hue on this one with small bubbles ascending though the clear cider upon pouring. Sour to ripe apple aromas wrapped in a thin cheesy envelope. The flavors are very straightforward. Sweet ripe apple is at the point of the arrow and sits on the palate on a layer of sugar. Some tannins… Read more »

2014 Aaron Burr Cidery East Branch

2014 Aaron Burr Cidery East Branch

This New York cider that starts off with a gold/orange slightly cloudy pour is produced from foraged apples near the east branch of the Upper Delaware River. The nose is redolent of ripe, sweet apple wrapped in a mesh of beautiful savory funk. An herbal and wet soil note lingers. Very interesting and very intense… Read more »

Schilling & Company Hopped Cider

Schilling & Company Hopped Cider

The Schilling from the Seattle cidery begins with a good fizz of small bubbles that disappear into a light Gold/yellow clear cider. The nose is dominated by the floral signature of hops that is fairly dominant. Underneath drift distinct notes of citrus, ripe apple, a slight barnyardy funk and honey. On the palate a slightly… Read more »

Seattle Cider Company Oaked Maple Hard Cider

Seattle Cider Company Oaked Maple Hard Cider

It announces itself with a beautiful golden coloring that is see through in its brilliance. The occasional bubble rises. Fresh ripe apple, which is the hallmark of Seattle Cider Company’s bottlings, is front and center in the aroma profile. The flavors lead with ripe nearly cooked apple notes, but the maple is not far behind,… Read more »

Seattle Cider Company Semi Sweet Hard Cider

Seattle Cider Company Semi Sweet Hard Cider

Pale gold, bordering on faded yellow, the Semi-Sweet from Seattle Cider Co. gives up the bubble on pouring; effervescent, but no so sparkled. A sweet, fresh picked apple aroma dominates this cider, which was produced primarily with culinary apples. We get slight floral hints and some candied lemon rind. On the palate simple sugary-ness uplifts… Read more »

Seattle Cider Company Dry Hard Cider

Seattle Cider Company Dry Hard Cider

Pale gold and pouring with a fizz that dissipates, the Seattle Cider Co. Dry Cider is produced with dessert apples such as Granny Smith, Fuji and Red Delicious. Bright apple aromas, citrus nose a bit of the funk and fresh picked herbs hit the nose. It has a refreshing set of aromas. As advertised it… Read more »

2014 Tilted Shed Barred Rock Barrel-Aged Cider

2014 Tilted Shed Barred Rock Barrel-Aged Cider

A rich gold hue and perfect brilliance is what begins this barrel aged cider from Sonoma County’s Tilted Shed Ciderworks. Produced from a collection of late season “heirloom” Sonoma apples that are likely heavy on the  Gravenstein. It is carbonated, but not excessively so. Aroma of ripe to cooked apple is dominant. Not the Jolly… Read more »