Tonight’s selection is a cider that Val picked up. She wasn’t a big fan of it and gave it to me to try.
Trivia: According to the cidery website, “E.Z. Orchards Willamette Valley Cidre is the culmination of 10 years effort to develop our orchard and refine our fermentation technique. We grow a selection of French, English, and Early American apple varieties. The fruit contain essential characteristics, necessary to impart structure and aroma in our Cidre. The predominant characteristics are attributed to French varieties (85% of the blend) contributing tannin for structure, fermentable sugars, and aroma. We use one low acid English variety with similar dynamics. The balance of the fruit is tart to achieve the acidity necessary to complete the structure and provide stability.”
Random: I wish more ciders and beer used pear. It’s a flavor that I really enjoy.
This cider poured with less than a quarter finger of white head. It dissipated by the time I went to take a picture. The cider was clear and a greenish-yellow color. There was moderate carbonation visible. The nose was sweet with honey and had a touch of green pear. There was a light hay note and barnyard. The taste started with apple sweetness and white peppercorn. Pear came through as well, but it manifested itself as pear skins. There was a light yeast characteristic as well. The body was light with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick finish with the same pear and white peppercorn. This bottle was expensive at $9.99 ($.62 per ounce) and I would have liked more of a pear note to it. I wouldn’t rush back to have this again.
Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0