Bottle pour at the Burgundian in Seattle (Eden & Alpenfire event prior to Cider Summit Seattle 2015). This is Eden’s first traditional cider (also available in Semi-Dry), released 2013. Naturally sparkling (Methode Champenoise) using juice. Traditional & heirloom apples (50% Kingston Black), aged in French oak for one year, then bottle conditioned for 6 months.
Lovely brilliant amber with tiny bubbles. Dry, but a touch of residual sweetness. Ripe apple scent & taste. Moderate acidity, tannins, & bitterness. Mild tartness. Medium body. High carb. Hints of earthiness & funk. Very well crafted & balanced. I could really taste the difference from using cider apples and bottle conditioning. A perfect cider alternative to champagne. Yum! It was a special treat to enjoy it with the cidermaker (Eleanor). I typically have trouble tolerating both dryness & bitterness in a cider, but both were so well balanced with the acidity, tannins, & carb that I found the cider enjoyable.
Reviewed on 16 Oct 2015