2 Towns’ French-inspired 2015 Cidre Bouché delivers up a nice big head of foam out of the bottle before settling down to a golden-colored fizz of medium sized bubbles. The nose is an impressive approximation of the famous and distinctive Normandy keeved ciders with its sweet and indulgent ripe apple aromas. It also carries the barest hint of funk that is a nice and intriguing side note to the roasted apple. The palate is equally impressive with a follow-up of the sweet, roasted apple flavors, hints of funky barnyard flavors, a touch of bitterness. This cider is pretty well built too with its noticeable tannins that hang out on the tongue, its acidic core and just a touch of heat. It would be easy to have this type of cider edge toward the cloying, but the Cidre Bouché completely avoids this pitfall. It’s slightly more alcoholic than the average Normandy cider, but overall this is delicious, well-balanced, and layered with flavors.
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