Tilted Shed January Barbecue Smoked Cider

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