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Finnriver Cider Fire Barrel

Review: Fire Barrel by Finnriver Cider

Sweetness: Dry

ABV: 9.00%

Cider Maker’s Description

Carefully farmcrafted and fermented with a blend of homegrown Finnriver orchard organic cider apples and white wine yeast in stainless steel tanks. Once the fermentation is complete, we cask the cider in rye whiskey barrels for 5 months to impart depth and character. This award-winning cider was inspired by legendary PNW cidermaker Drew Zimmerman, whose mentorship and cider apple trees helped us establish our orchard.


Appearance:

  • clear, bright, rusty/gold color

Carbonation:

  • light carbonation, partial coverage of very tiny bubbles when swirled, no audible fizzing

Aromas:

  • oak, woody, caramel, the whiskey notes have mellowed / smoothed out

Taste:

  • great oaky whiskey flavor, orange bitters, dried fruit, subtle notes of cherry

Mouthfeel:

  • very mild acidity, pleasantly moderate to high tannins

Finish:

  • a lingering oak and whiskey finish with afternoon

Tasting Notes / General Impression

it starts with a tease of sweetness that quickly evolves to mildly acid and moderate astringency

Reviewer Notes

None

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Cidery Information

Finnriver Cider
http://www.finnriver.com/
Chimacum, WA

Matthew Ostrander
Matthew favors dry hard ciders with body and leans towards traditional English styles, and he’s also developed a serious appreciation for hopped ciders and creative flavor infused ciders. Though he prefers sweets in solid forms, he does enjoy semi-sweet to sweet ciders responsibly when the mood strikes. Learn more about our Chief Cider Curator here.