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Finnriver Solstice Saffron

Review: Solstice Saffron by Finnriver Cider

Review Date: April 4, 2021

Sweetness: Semi-Dry

ABV: 6.50%

Cider Maker’s Description

Our seasonal ciders share the earthly essence of life in the fields and gardens of the Olympic Peninsula. We crafted this cider around the time of the Winter Solstice, inspired by the local saffron grown at Phocas Farms in Port Angeles. Saffron is considered one of the world’s most rare and costly spices and was first cultivated in Greece. The bright cider features fermented organic apples, delicately steeped toasted fennel and organic anise pods.


  • rich golden color, clear


  • moderate, frothy when swirled


  • anise, red apple skins, floral, fennel, caramel, light oakiness, forest flowers


  • ripe red apple, fennel, herbal, notes of tropical fruit, hints of pine needles, slightly tart, dried fruit


  • light to moderate acid, hint of tannins


  • floral and herbal notes linger, nice finish of red apple and light astringency, not short not long

Tasting Notes / General Impression

I may have consumed this cider just for the enjoyment of it, so I did not record detailed tasting notes.

Reviewer Notes


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Cidery Information

Finnriver Cider
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.