Here is a review of Reverend Nat’s Revival cider, which is one of my favorites:
Cidery: Reverend Nat’s
Cidery Location: Portland OR
How Supplied: 500ml clear glass bottle
Availability: year round, available in OR, WA, CA, ID, and B.C. (released Dec 2014)
Description: My newest release is Revival and I couldn’t be more thrilled to share it with you. I start with a secret blend of Washington-grown apples and add piloncillo, dark brown evaporated cane juice, purchased direct from Michoacan, Mexico. I ferment this dark base to all the way to dry using two exotic yeast strains: a beer yeast known for the round mouthfeel in Saisons and a rarely-used secret culture which produces aromas of pineapple, guava and peaches. This cider is brilliantly golden in color and deeply complex while remaining subtly familiar, with just the right amount of sweetness and acidity to be an everyday beverage.
Where Bought: The Cave in Kirkland, Total Wine
How Found: Browsing
Where Drank: home (I’ve also had it on tap at Tavern Hall in Bellevue)
Opinion: This is an awesome semi-sweet cider with a unique tropical fruit aroma & flavor. Surprisingly the tropical aspect is all from the apples (dessert, not cider apples) & yeast, nothing else was added. I find this more semi-sweet than semi-dry, although apparently that is a suggestion from the tropical flavor, or as Nat West (Rev Nat’s founder) said, “It gives a perception of sweetness, while maintaining an semi-dry character and rich complexity”. Revival also has a wonderful deep hue from the piloncillo. If you are lucky enough to find this flavor on tap, give it a try, as it is even better than bottled!
Note there is a Rev Nat’s variety called “Revival Dry”, which is different than this one. I’ve also tried Rev Nat’s Tepache, which is a very unique beverage made from fermented pineapple and spices. I look forward to trying more Rev Nat’s cider, once I find one that interests me, as so far near me I’ve seen varieties with spices, hops, and ginger, none of which interest me. Rev Nat’s taproom also sounds like a fun place to visit, and they have had all sorts of events & special releases, so its on my short list. A unique cider from a unique cidery. Highly recommended!
Have you tried Rev Nat’s Revival? What did you think?