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Bad Seed Bourbon Barrel Reserve

Review: Bourbon Barrel Reserve by Bad Seed

Review Date: December 20, 2019

Sweetness: Dry

ABV: 6.50%

Cider Maker’s Description

Each bottle of Bad Seen Bourbon Barrel Reserve Cider is hand crafted in small batches. Fermented with a sense of purpose then carefully aged in barrels from Kentucky's finest distilleries. Never filtered, bottle conditioned and made from apples grown in the Hudson River Valley.


  • rust color, clear, bright


  • still


  • apple, bourbon, oak, vanilla, dried fruit


  • bourbon, oak, vanilla, woody


  • acidity that presents as a little spicy, light tannins


  • lingering tannins and bourbon flavor

Tasting Notes / General Impression

Sometimes this "job" is taxing on the palate.

Reviewer Notes


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Cidery Information

Bad Seed
Highland, NY

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.