Westcott Bay’s Dry cider possesses a beautiful light amber hue in the glass and is perfectly clear. Though effervescence exists in this hard cider, it’s not a component of its visual appeal. The nose possesses a lovely and bright cooked apple note that steams out of the glass in prominent and showy fashion. A slight musty/yeasty aroma follows along—all of which is wrapped in a compelling cooking spice profile. Very nice. This is medium bodied cider with a lovely balance of both acids and tannins, the latter of which lend weight and substance. The sparkle is there, but minimal. As to the taste, it really is a luscious cider. Despite its “dry” labeling, there is the appearance of sweetness, though it is not prominent. Apple is the dominant note here. along with an interesting woodiness, a set of sweet herb components. In the end, this cider continues along a nice, enduring finish, lingering on the palate for long moments. This cider was made entirely from the 2013 harvest of apples off of Westcott Bay’s orchards on the San Juan Islands. It is a delicious and serious cider.
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