Reviews

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 »

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 »