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Ecusson Cidre Rose

Posted: May 21, 2018 in CCLF Livarot, Cider, Reviews

Val and I spent the last 24 hours in New York. We stayed at the High Line Hotel, which is really cute. It’s in a great area of the city and we went out for tapas with my family last night. I had a vodka drink that got served in a grapefruit, which was amazing. They also had a rose sangria, which we didn’t try, but reminded me of this cider.

ABV: 3%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the cidery website, “In 2007, La Maison Écusson created the first pink cider recipe from Red Délice apple, a red-fleshed apple, to sign a quality product with a pink color. Beyond its color that charms the eye, our Rosé seduced by its alliance quite refreshing roundness and liveliness. It is an acidulous cider, intense, almost biting although it is fruity and refined by its aromas.”

Random: The entire website was in French, so I had to translate it.

The cider poured with a one finger, pure white head. It dissipated quickly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was very cloudy and bright orange. There was almost champagne-like carbonation visible. The nose started with ripe apples along with a touch of peach and some caramel sweetness. The taste started with a touch of tartness, but quickly went into some ripe apple sweetness. There was also some strawberry juice as well. The body was incredibly light with lots of carbonation. The finish was almost instantaneous with some ripe apples and strawberries. I picked this up a long time ago for Val, so I have no clue how much we paid for this, but this cider was a flat miss for me. I wish it had more fruit and depth and a touch of white grapes. I won’t be getting this again.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

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One of my favorite parts of Summer is smoking meat, so I was exceptionally excited to try this cider.

ABV: 8%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the cidery website, “At its core, Tilted Shed Ciderworks is a hobby gone wild. The trouble started in 2007. We were living on a small farm in Northern New Mexico, trying our hand at organic market farming while freelancing and raising our baby. On our land was an old, gnarled, neglected apple orchard. Being a bit of a mad scientist with a fermentation habit, Scott decided that our bumper crop of Jonathans, Goldens, and Red Delicious would make good drink. So, with our infant son in one arm, Ellen lobbed apples into the hopper of our barrel press, while Scott cranked and pressed. Scott then put up the juice in the barn for a long, slow fermentation. A few months later, we were amazed with the results. Inspired, we began tasting regional ciders made from European and American cider apples. An obsession began.”

Random: It looks like they renamed this cider “Smoked Cider.”

The cider poured with a barely there white head. It dissipated by the time I went to take the picture. The body was a medium orange and clear, with some carbonation visible. The nose was all smoke up front. If I had to guess, I would say hickory. It quickly followed up with an apple juice sweetness and some bubble gum. The flavor was sweet up front. It had notes of apple skins and apple juice along with some pear flesh. The smoke came through next, but was not as prevalent as in the nose. The alcohol provided a significant burn as well. The finish was sweet and lengthy with apple juice and wood smoke. The bottle was $11.75, which came to $.70 per ounce. I really enjoyed the smoke in this cider, although I wish there was more in the flavor.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

This cider was one that we picked up in New York during one of our trips. Val likes ciders, so we opened this one up one night.

ABV: 5.1%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the cidery website, “The Northerner is a refreshing semisweet cider made of 100% Northern Spy apples. We derived our inspiration for the label artwork from the following history of the naming of the apple. One of the most famous of all American apples, Northern Spy originated in East Bloomfield, NY, around 1800. The apple was named for the ‘hero’ of that nororious dime store novel The Northern Spy. The book was written anonymously, published sub-rosa, and circulated among radical hard-core abolitionists circa 1830. The ‘Northern Spy’ set up a series of safehouses from Virginia through Maryland, Pennsylvania and New York State for runaway slaves to excape to Canada. It was a blueprint for the underground railroad.”

Random: The cider has the most adorable label.

The cider poured with absolutely no head on top of a clear, yellow-green body. There was some carbonation visible. The nose was filled with apples and a slight tartness. There was some notes of sweet honey as well. The taste started with semi-sweet apples. It quickly went into notes of honey and apple skin. It then transitioned into pears and lychee. The body was on the lighter side with a lot of carbonation. It had a moderate length finish with apple skins. A bottle of this cider was $7.99, which came to $.47 per ounce. This was a really pleasant cider that I would definitely have again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Tonight’s cider is one that Val picked out. She likes the graphics that Downeast uses, so we pick up almost every cider that they put out. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 4.5%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the cidery website, “hey, it gets hot around here. maybe not as oppressive as some other places, but hot enough to make us crave something a little lighter, a little crisper, and a little quaffable. that’s where SB comes in – an unfiltered apple cider with the tart and tang of lemon and ginger.”

Random: I could go for some apple pie right about now.

The cider poured with less than a quarter finger of white head and it dissipated by the time I took the picture. The body was incredibly hazy and bright yellow. I couldn’t see any carbonation due to the cloudiness. The nose was slightly herbal with a touch of basil and cilantro along with some green apples that provided some sour scents. The taste started with the same green apples that provided some tartness along with red apples as well. There was a touch of ginger as well and some cilantro. I picked up some allspice and nutmeg as well. There was no booze that I picked up on the cider. The body was on the lighter side with lots of carbonation. The finish was quick with nutmeg and apples. A single can was $2.33, which came to $.19 per ounce. I thought this cider was alright, but lacked some balance. I wouldn’t rush back to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

One of the things that I was really excited about when we went to our honeymoon in Hawaii was the pineapple. It tastes sweeter in Hawaii than in the states and it did not disappoint.

ABV: 5.1%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the cidery website, “a tribute to hazy memories of ross and tyler’s semester in hawaii many years ago. with the perfect balance of tropical juiciness and tartness, one sip will have you feeling like you’re cruising down the coastline with the boys, puffing on some maui wowie and heading for the beach. hawaiian shirt and man-sandals not included (but not entirely discouraged).”

Random: I also miss the poke in Hawaii.

This cider poured with a full finger of thick, pure white head. It dissipated quickly, but left very little lacing on the glass. The body was very cloudy and bright yellow. I couldn’t see any carbonation due to the haziness. The nose started with sweet apple juice and apple skins. The pineapple note was there, but more muted than I expected from a cider called “Aloha Friday.” The taste was super dry, especially for a fruited cider. The pineapple came through up front, but was not nearly as sweet as I expected. It also had some wildflower honey along with red apple flesh. The body was on the heavier side with lots of carbonation. The finish was quick with tropical fruit and apples. A can of this was $2.75, which came to $.23 per ounce. The cider was too heavy for the tropical flavors and I wouldn’t rush back to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Today’s selection is a cider that Val picked out. She let me have a few sips of it. I think we picked this up during a Washington, DC trip awhile ago. Val tends to like the really fruity ciders, although she doesn’t tend to like things that are overwhelmingly citrusy, so I was surprised she wanted this one. I’ve never heard of this cidery, so I was curious to see how it was. Let’s pop it open.

ABV: 4.7%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the cidery website, “Citrus Cider is a slightly tart and off-dry hard apple cider crafted with our local apples and fresh squeezed lemon and lime juice. A vibrant and easy drink for the relaxing days ahead.”

Random: This is available on draft and in bottles and hails from Nellysford, Virginia.

This cider poured with absolutely no head. The body was lemon-yellow and completely clear. There wasn’t much carbonation visible. The nose had dry apples with a touch of bubble gum. The taste was much more towards sweet apples than citrus. It had apple juice and apple skin. The bubble gum note was present, but not dominant. The citrus reminded me of an orange air freshener and wasn’t very authentic. The body was on the lighter side with not enough carbonation. The finish was medium length and hung around with apple skins. A bottle of this was $2, which came to $.17 per ounce. I thought that this cider was alright, but I don’t feel the need to revisit it again.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

Val and I watch a lot of “The Real Housewives” series. I don’t know why I enjoy them, but it’s the perfect thing to watch when I come home from work. When I’m watching it though, I wonder if they know if they are being filmed, because there are certain situations where they say things and then deny them and it comes up at the reunion. Anyways, let’s talk about a cider that Val picked out.

ABV: 5.5%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the cidery website, “The town of Williamson’s own McIntosh, Empire, Ida Red & Jonagold make up the entirety of this cider. Categorized as semi-sweet with a fresh apple aroma followed by a juicy, ripe apple finish make it hard to resist reaching for another.”

Random: Val picked this one out because of the label.

The cider poured with less than a quarter finger of white head. It went away by the time I took the picture. The body was perfectly clear and yellowish-green in color. There was a lot of visible carbonation. The nose had some wildflower honey and a combination of red and green apples. The taste started with some green apple tartness and followed up with some honey sweetness. It had some floral aspects as well. The body was on the light side and had a lot of carbonation as well. It had a quick and sweet finish with honey. A can of this was $2.99, which came to $.25 per ounce. This was an easy drinking cider, but wasn’t all that complex. This would make for a good introductory cider or throw a few in a cooler for a barbecue.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0