Review of the 2013 harvest / 2015 release of Pommeau from 2 Towns. This is their third release (the first two were under their Traditions Ciderworks brand), discussed in this article. I’ve also tried their 2011 harvest / 2013 release of Pommeau under their Traditions Ciderworks brand, and previously reviewed a number of ciders from 2 Towns.
Pommeau is a port-style apple wine related to cider. It is made from apple brandy (a spirit from distilling apple cider) with either unfermented apple juice or lightly fermented apple cider blended in (cider in this case), then barrel aged. It is called Calvados when made in Normandy France.
Cider: Pommeau (2013 harvest / 2015 release)
Cidery: 2 Towns Ciderhouse
Cidery Location: Corvallis OR
How Supplied: 375 ml tall frosted glass bottle, wax sealed
Style: American craft Pommeau made from apple brandy and lightly fermented cider, barrel aged in French oak for 1 year
Availability: Limited release (500 cases of 12 bottles made), distributed to CA, ID, IL, MN, NV, OR, and WA.
Cider Description: Our Pommeau is made from locally grown traditional bittersweet cider apples which are hand-harvested and ‘sweated’ at cool temperatures. After the apples have sweetened, the fresh-pressed juice is lightly fermented and then aged with Clear Creek apple eau de vie. Our Pommeau is then matured in French oak barrels for one year. The result is a tremendously complex apple Pommeau that blossoms with aromas of fresh-pressed cider, dried fruit, and wood. This bottle will improve with cellaring for up to 20 years.
Cidery Description: 2 Towns Ciderhouse was founded in Corvallis, Oregon, in 2010 with the mission of bringing cider back to the people. 2 Towns Ciderhouse is a proud pioneer in the resurgence of America’s first beverage of choice. We planted our own orchard in 2012 to help revitalize old-world heirloom apples. We are committed to supporting local apple growers by insisting on using the finest fresh-pressed 100 percent Northwest apples and never take shortcuts in the cider-making process. Our process includes careful fermentation and no added sugar or essence flavorings, allowing the naturally fermented ingredients to speak for themselves. Named for two towns in our locale, Corvallis and Eugene, 2 Towns Ciderhouse has become one of the most award-winning and recognized ciders in the West.
Where Bought: Schilling Cider House
Where Drank: home
How Found: I had heard awhile back that 2 Towns made Pommeau, and read an article on their 2015 release in the Fall, so I started looking. At first I only found their 2013 release, but then the Schilling Cider House decided to carry the 2015 release.
First Impression: Rich amber orange hue. Still (no carbonation). Smells alcohol-forward, of rich ripe apples, oak, dried fruit, leather, brown sugar, caramel, burnt sugar, and vanilla.
Tasting Notes: Semi-sweet to semi-dry. Low acidity and tartness. A hint of tannins. No sourness, bitterness, or funk. Notes of rich ripe apples, oak, dried fruit, leather, brown sugar, caramel, burnt sugar, vanilla, tropical fruit, and peaches. Medium to full bodied. Very long warming finish. Moderate to strong apple influence. Low to moderate barrel influence. Very low sessionability.
My Opinion: Amazing! I love how flavorful this is.
Most Similar to: I’ve only had four Pommeaux (the plural of Pommeau), so I don’t have much to compare to. However, I really enjoy this 2 Towns Pommeau, as well as the Finnriver Pommeau. The Finnriver Pommeau (reviewed here) is also quite flavorful and fuller bodied.
Closing Notes: Pommeau is a unique cider related beverage to try, and I look forward to trying more. This is my favorite Pommeau so far! I plan to buy at least one more bottle to “cellar” for awhile.
Have you tried 2 Towns Pommeau? What did you think?