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Review: Elder & Oak Hard Cider by Locust Cider

Sweetness: Semi-Dry

ABV: 7.00%

Cider Maker’s Description

a deep, earthy, rich, full bodied and balanced cider. it starts with pacific northwest dessert apples, fermented, aged on medium american oak. once the apple cider reaches the perfect level of body and oak tannin, it is spiked with elderberry, a bitter and deeply earthy berry, which adds body, complexity, and ends in a red wine-like hard cider unlike anything you’ve tasted. yet despite the complexity, this, like all locust ciders, is well balanced and very drinkable


  • deep dark ruby color, almost plum, slight haze but decent clarity 


  • large bubbles around edge after pour 


  • assault of aromas, oak, barn funk, earthy 


  • tart and sour, drier than expected, woody 


  • nearly balanced, very light acidity & astringency 


  • long 

Tasting Notes / General Impression

very unique taste, hard to describe

Reviewer Notes

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Cidery Information

Locust Cider
Woodinville, 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.