A little too much going on. I love lavender and I love Finnriver's black current cider, so I figured I would give it a try. Both of the flavors are very strong and identifiable, but they compete a little too much.
I had this cider while Morris dancing with some amazing teams from Yorkshire. Finn River Cider cidery is definitely a place to come and drink cider. This cider has an amazing lavender essence which will make you feel like you were at the spa getting tipsy. Nice body and a tartness to die for.
Strong fruit and lavender aroma. Gorgeous garnet color. The flavors have a bit less currant and a more lavender feel. Would be great at being refreshing on a very hot summer day. Definitely semi-sweet. A touch bitter at the very end. Pretty good!
The pour is a ruby red with medium effervescence. The aroma is currant with a little lavender. The taste semi-dry to sweet currant some tart and a little bitter. The finish is medium astringent and bitter with a slight tartness. It has a good mouthfeel and some lasting astringency. They list organic sugar, which makes me think they may back sweetened it little. I get more currant than lavender and not much apple. Also the sweet and bitter come through for me more than the acid. I like it but my wife didn’t.
Deep mahogany colored pour with a small purple-pink head. Very light aroma of currants. Taste is tart with the black currant dominating the taste. Medium body. Lavender develops as the cider warms to become a bit overpowering in the finish.
Very dark & vibrant hue. Extra smooth, I imagine as I tried this on Nitro at the Schilling Cider House in Seattle. Bold & strong flavor. I’ve tried their Black Currant flavor, and I honestly couldn’t pick up the added Lavender in this one, but liked it better (my husband did however). In addition to the black current, I picked up some cherry notes. Excellent!
Reviewed on 16 Aug 2015
Apple: With other fruit Black currant and lavender