Review Date: December 31, 2020
Cider Maker’s Description
The Colonial is a New England-style that originated in the Northeastern colonies over 300 years ago. At the end of apple harvest, barrels of cider were sweetened with brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, or molasses. The added sugar boosted alcohol levels to keep the cider safe from spoiling until the next harvest. Raisins were added for flavor, as well as a source of yeast and tannin.
We mimicked this early-American method by mixing a blend of Northwest apples, Belgian Candi, and spices. It rested 6 months on raisins in ex-bourbon barrels - allowing the wine to take on subtleties of orange and fig. Made the Old Way.
- caramel root beer color, clear, bright
- moderate, nice frothy pour
- earthy, woody, maple syrup, caramel, faint hints of raisins and bourbon
- oak, raisins, caramel, orange peel, bitter
- sharp acidic bite, acidic astringency
- back of throat bitterness lingers
Tasting Notes / General ImpressionBefore I knew it, the bottle was empty. I'll try to get notes next time.
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Western Cider Co