Style: Farmhouse Cider
From: Lebanon, NH
Cider Maker’s Note: “Our lightest, most casual cider, pale gold and bubbly, with a stroke of sweetness along with the tart, bitter, and fruity elements that good cider offers. Citrus, pineapple, bittersweet apple, and a trace of the barn. Farmhouse astringency is nowhere near the extreme, but shows a certain tannic edge. Agreeably versatile, sharing certain flavor elements with both beer and wine. A clean, appetizing finish makes it congenial with many kinds of food, from the snackiest to the whole-grainiest and back.”
The cider’s label is classy and crisp with simple fonts that nicely display all the needed information and nothing more. Crowding is not present on the front label except for slightly so on the bottom. I do like the logo in the middle of the label with its apple tree and a glass superimposed over it. Overall, the label is simple and nice to look at, but nothing spectacular. It is worthy of labeling but not of the shelf.
The cider pours a clean golden yellow, like dehydrated piss, and sits with a slowly fizzling away scrim of medium sized bubbles. It sits clear in body except for a slight chill haze. On the nose, the cider smells prickly sweet apple flesh with a touch of tannic skin and dry farmhouse must. A slight bit of vinegar also seeps into the nose and plays around the farmhouse smell. On the tongue, the cider tastes dry and tartly acidic with just a touch of apple juice sugar before the mouth is puckered and purged of moisture. In flavor, the cider tastes of clean apple juice with touches of Macintosh and Fuji apples on the tongue. Vinegar can also be noted lightly providing a tart spritz to the tongue and coinciding with a light farmhouse tang of straw. The finish is of dry and palatable apple cider vinegar with a touch of alcohol. The aftertaste is lightly tannic, suggesting apple skins and crisp apple flesh. In the mouth, the cider feels light in body with a light yet vicious carbonation on the tongue that scrubs away some of the sweet qualities of the cider. The mouth is left slightly puckering from the acidity and wet upon the tongue, though dry from lack of sugar. Overall, this is a nice farmhouse cider. It’s nothing particularly stunning in my book, though I am not very well trained in tasting ciders so I can’t say for sure. A nice simple cider.