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West County Cider Baldwin

Review: Baldwin by West County Cider

Sweetness: Semi-Sweet

ABV: 6.70%

Cider Maker’s Description

From Shelton Brothers:

"The Baldwin became one the most widely planted apples in the Northeast after its discovery in Woburn, Massachusetts, in the early 1800’s. These days, however, it is much harder to come by. The Baldwins in this cider come from trees planted in the early 1900’s. This cider is smooth and round, with a bright effervescence mid palate. It is West County’s most popular.

Since 1984, in the face of artificial sweeteners and industrial production, the Maloney family (Terry, Judith, and Field) have passionately crafted artisanal ciders that are dry, complex, and very satisfying. Today, they continue to create beautiful ciders with apples from their orchard of European, English, and traditional American varietals."


  • crystal clear, bright, rich golden color


  • develops full coverage on swirl, solid ring of small to medium bubbles around edge


  • caramel, autumn ripe apples


  • semi-sweet, apple juicy


  • balanced leaning tannic


  • light crisp finish

Tasting Notes / General Impression

Before I knew it, the glass was empty. I'll try to get notes next time.

Reviewer Notes

This cider was poured for me and I never got to personally look at the bottle, or see it poured. I'll be seeking out another bottle of this to update the review, but I fear it's going to be difficult to find.

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Cidery Information

West County Cider
Colrain, MA

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.