Here is the first cider I have tried from Atlas Cider Co,, their flagship hard apple cider:
Cider: Hard Apple Cider
Cidery: Atlas Cider Co.
Cidery Location: Bend, OR
How Supplied: clear 22oz glass bottle
Availability: year round, but it appears to only be distributed in OR, WA, & ID
Description: Our flagship apple cider is a celebration of the Northwest. The fruit forward apple aroma and taste come from a tailored blend that perfectly balances the sweetness, tartness, and dryness of the fruit. A clean finish from the use of all fresh regional juices reminds us that this is an authentic hard cider. Enjoy this natural, semi-sweet, and bold cider from Bend, Oregon that simply brings out the best of the Northwest.
Where Bought: Full Throttle Bottles in Georgetown (Seattle)
How Found: Browsing
Where Drank: home
Opinion: My first impression is the dry smell. It is pale and bubbles very little upon pouring. Upon tasting, the flavor reminds me of sweet sparkling wine, with a hint of pear & honey. There is an effervescence feel, although it is not highly sparkling. I was surprised how well my nose deceived me into thinking it would be dry, but it is not; I would call it semi-sweet. This cider is very smooth and well balanced. I would not however describe the flavor as simple, which can often happen with plain ciders. This cider is easy to drink and tasty. I snacked on some cheese & crackers while drinking it, which was a nice combination. This is a refreshing cider for any time of year, but for summer especially it is nice.
Atlas was started in 2013 by a husband & wife duo. They also offer Pomegranate-Cherry, Apricot, and Blackberry varieties.
Have you tried any ciders from Atlas? What did you think?