Review of Ole Swede’s Blend of 9 Cider. I’ve previously tried their Blueberry cider.
Cider: Blend of 9 Cider
Cidery: Old Swede
Cidery Location: Tonasket WA
How Supplied: 22oz bottles
Style: American craft cider made from dessert & cider apple varieties, oak aged
Availability: Only in WA
Cider Description: A unique blend of Kingston Black, Storks Red, Harry Masters Jersey, Dabinett, Rome Beauty, Granny Smith, Honey Crisp, Golden Delicious and Pink Lady apples. Lightly oaked.
Cidery Description: Our ciders are hand crafted from farm to bottle. Out family farm was homesteaded in 1899 as new territories were opened in the west, near Havillah, Washington. Old Swede is born from our roots in North Central Washington’s Okanagan Highlands, a place of natural beauty perched above a valley known around the world for apple production. We moved back to the family homestead in 2014 and began to take our cider into the world in 2015.
They don’t have a tasting room, but do offer mobile juicing and event catering.
Where Bought: Schilling Cider House in Seattle WA
Where Drank: home
How Found: Browsing
First Impression: Light straw yellow hue. Low carbonation. Smells mild, of oak and honey.
Tasting Notes: Semi-dry. Light bodied. Low to moderate tartness and acidity. Low tannins. Hints of bitterness. No sourness or funk. Notes of honey and citrus. Moderate length finish with some warming. Low apple flavor, oak influence, flavor intensity, and complexity. Moderate sessionability.
My Opinion: I really liked the flavor, but wanted more of it. It tasted a bit watery.
Most Similar to: Nashi Orchards Barrel Fermented Cider, Wandering Aengus Wanderlust, and Finnriver Oak and Apple.
Closing Notes: This is the third cider from Ole Swede I’ve seen in the Seattle area (in addition to Blueberry and Cherry Perry).
Have you tried Ole Swede cider? What did you think?