Washington Gold Cider Golden Delicious

Review of Washington Gold Cider’s Golden Delicious, a single varietal cider, and their first canned offering.  I’ve previously tried their entire lineup, and reviewed their Cherry cider.

Cider:  Golden Delicious
Cidery:  Washington Gold Cider
Cidery Location:  Chelan WA
ABV:  5.5%
How Supplied:  six pack of 12oz cans
Style:  American craft cider from Washington Golden Delicious apples

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Availability:  Washington and Southern California

Cider Description:  Bright and crisp with a touch of golden sweetness. Made with hand-picked Golden Delicious Apples from the heart of Washington State.

Cidery Description:  Crisp, refreshing, and steeped in our family’s rich apple-growing tradition, Washington Gold Cider is crafted from the best apples in the world. Farm fresh. Family-owned. Proudly made in Washington State. Washington Gold Cider…The world’s best cider, made from the best apples on Earth.

Price:  ~ $2 / single can
Where Bought:  Total Wine
Where Drank:  home
How Found:  Browsing.  I had seen this on their Facebook page, but hadn’t yet spotted it in stores.  I’m a commitment phobe when it comes to multi packs of ciders I haven’t tried, so I typically pick up any single cans/bottles I haven’t tried.

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First Impression:  Pale straw yellow.  Low carbonation.  Smells mild, of acidic green apples.

Tasting Notes:  Semi-sweet (sweeter than expected for 12g sugar / 12oz).  Medium to full bodied, syrupy.  Low tartness.  Moderate acidity.  No bitterness, sourness, funk, or tannins.  Notes of green apple, lemon, floral, and honey.  Quick finish length.  Moderate apple flavor.  High sessionability.  Low flavor intensity.  Low complexity.

My Opinion:  I found it to be an above average sessionable sweeter cider.  I was surprised by how full bodied and syrupy it seemed, and the presence of green apple notes despite the lack of their use and the lack of tartness.

Most Similar to:  Flatbed Cider Crisp Apple

Closing Notes:   I think this will sell well.  It isn’t my favorite style of cider, but I thought I’d give it a try.  The sessionable cider I typically keep in the house is quite difference from this–Celt, a French cidre, which I love for its richness.

Have you tried Washington Gold Cider Golden Delicious?  What did you think?

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