Reviews

2013 Tilted Shed Lost Orchard Dry Cider

2013 Tilted Shed Lost Orchard Dry Cider

A small production cider (20 cases) from Sonoma County, California’s Tilted Shed Ciderworks. The apples are foraged from feral orchards around the county. The cider displays rich golden hues in the glass, is nearly brilliant and shows off very tiny bubbles. The aromas in the Lost Orchard are led by fresh, ripe apple notes that… Read more »

2014 Tilted Shed Wickson Cider — Luminous Series

2014 Tilted Shed Wickson Cider — Luminous Series

Sans bubble, brilliantly clear and enjoying a pale gold hue. Wickson is an apple that sports a decidedly tart and minerally profile and the nose on the Tilted Shed doesn’t disappoint. Unripe apple and lime aromas jump from the glass and push toward a distinctive lemony-ness. On the palate there is a ridiculously massive rush… Read more »

2014 Juniperus Barrel-Aged Cider — Luminous Series

2014 Juniperus Barrel-Aged Cider — Luminous Series

Part of Tilted Shed’s rare and unusual “Luminous Series” of ciders, the Juniperus is made from organic heirloom apples grown in Sonoma County and aged in barrel for seven months. The cider shows off a brilliant gold coloring and, as it is with still ciders, delivers no bubbles. Out of the box a funky. well-aged… Read more »

2014 Tilted Shed Kingston Black Cider — Luminous Series

2014 Tilted Shed Kingston Black Cider — Luminous Series

Released under Tilted Shed’s “Luminous Series” of rare and unusual ciders, this still and unfiltered cider is produced from 100% Kingston Black apples grown in Sonoma County, California. The cider possesses a distinctive orange hue and has a slightly off-center clarity. The aromatics on this cider are remarkably pure. Ripe apple steams up first and… Read more »

Washington Gold Lake Chelan Heritage Cider

Washington Gold Lake Chelan Heritage Cider

Gold in color, bordering on Yellow, the Lake Chelan Heritage from Washington Gold is a bright clear pour. No foaming in this still cider. Aromatically, this cider presents challenges. Yes, it’s ripe apple driven but those lovely apple aromas are accompanied by a murky, dank character. Additionally, there is a distinctive green/herbal set of aromas,… Read more »

Moa Apple Cider

Moa Apple Cider

The Moa Apple Cider from Moa Brewing in New Zealand has a crisp, clear golden appearance with a dearth of apparent carbonation. The aromas are pure green apple, ranging from underripe to ripe. Notes of savory herbs mingle in there too making this a simple, clean straightforward smelling cider. On the palate….more of the same…. Read more »

Cider Riot Never Give An Inch Blackberry Cider

Cider Riot Never Give An Inch Blackberry Cider

This muted purple cider lives with a sustained ring of foam. Produced from Northwest apples, along with blackberries and black currants from Oregon, Cider Riot’s Blackberry cider does indeed throw of dense berry aromas. Additionally, you’ll encounter notes of raisins, anise, floral notes, but mainly beautiful berry notes. The intense berry comes right though on… Read more »

Cider Riot Pinot Barrel-Aged Burncider Black Bloc

Cider Riot Pinot Barrel-Aged Burncider Black Bloc

Half the cider used to create this small batch bottling was aged for six months in Pinot Noir barrels from renowned Oregon Pinot Noir producer Brick House. The other half, not aged. It begins with slightly cloudy light gold coloring and minimal evidence of carbonated. We don’t detect much in the way of grape or… Read more »

Reverend Nat’s Providence Traditional New England Apple Wine

Reverend Nat's Providence Traditional New England Apple Wine

Trumpeted as Reverend Nat’s antidote to a harsh winter, the Providence is a seasonal barrel aged hard cider augmented with the addition of raisins, cinnamon, nutmeg and muscovado (brown sugar). It’s a high alcohol cider made in a style that is identified with old New England. In the glass you get a taste of the… Read more »

Loic Raison “1923” Brut French Cider

Loic Raison "1923" Brut French Cider

This low alcohol cider from Brittany begins its journey with a richly golden robe that verges on orange and and sports fast moving and abundant bubbles. The aromas is straightforward, dense baked apple. There is the slightest hint of barnyard, but its slight. One the palate this isn’t complex, but rather a lovely rendition of… Read more »