Number Six True Cider

Review of Number Six Cider Company’s True Cider.  I tried this quite awhile ago, but wanted to give it another go.  This is their flagship cider, although they recently came out with a drier version (Dry Ninety-Nine).

Cider:  True Cider
Cidery:  Number Six Cider Company
Cidery Location:  Seattle WA
ABV:  6.0%
How Supplied:  four pack of 16oz cans
Style:  American craft cider made from dessert apples

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Availability:  Western Washington

Cider Description:  This strong, dry cider is perfect for true cider lovers. With a level of sweetness that is best enjoyed from a glass. Enjoy with family and friends.

Cidery Description:  What’s Number 6?  It’s a tunnel in the mountains. But this is no ordinary tunnel. This mile of rail at 7000 Sierra Nevada feet connected east to west like no other. In 1867, Transcontinental Tunnel Number 6 finally broke through solid granite after 2 years of hand picks, dynamite, willpower and a startling disregard for safety. Number Six was the most deadly and ambitious railway tunnel ever built. What used to take 25 days to cross, now could be done in a matter of hours. People, materials, and cider now flowed freely.

Number 6 Hard Cider is a tribute to hard fought progress and the connections it creates. Come taste our flagship True Cider and crafted seasonal releases at our rail-side cidery and taproom. 100% Washington apples and a relentless toil for perfect taste is what we’re made of. Raise a cold, crisp pint to progress. Onward!

They have a tap room in Seattle Washington.

Price:  $10.99 / four pack
Where Bought:  Total Wine
Where Drank:  home
How Found:  I’ve known about this cider for awhile and tried it at a tasting event last year.

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First Impression:  Light orange pumpkin amber.  Very low carbonation.  Smells rich, apple-forward, and a bit like French cider.

Tasting Notes:  Semi-dry to semi-sweet.  Medium bodied.  Nearly still.  Mild tartness and acidity.  No bitterness, sourness, funk, or tannins.  Slightly rich.  Apple and yeast forward.  Hints of honey, mango, pineapple, and pear.  Quick finish.  High sessionability.  Moderate to high apple influence.  Moderate to high flavor intensity.

My Opinion:  Yum!  I liked how rich, fruity, and flavorful this cider was.

Most Similar to:  French cider, except with less carbonation, and more fruity than yeasty.

Closing Notes:   I enjoyed this cider…more than I remembered.  I may have to pick up a full four pack (although I tend to have bad luck with buying a cider for a second time and not liking it as much).

Have you tried Number Six cider?  What did you think?

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