Carlton Cyderworks Carry Nation

Review of Carlton Cyderworks’ Carry Nation.  It is my first time trying this cider, although I have tried their Black Currant Scrumpy, Sugar and Spice, Slake, First Fruits, AHH!!! Apricot Honey Habanero, Bourbon Barrel Peachy Keen, Citizen, and Impearial.

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Cider:  Carry Nation
Cidery:  Carlton Cyderworks
Cidery Location:  McMinnville OR
ABV:  6.25%
How Supplied:  500ml bottles (and draft)
Style:  American craft semi-sweet cider, with cane sugar added to backsweeten

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Availability:  Only in Oregon and Washington

Cider Description:  In honor of the resolute and tenacious Carry Nation, we craft this refreshing and unique Northwest cider. Made from a blend of apples grown in the fertile soils of Oregon’s Willamette Valley, our cider is approachable, sprightly, with a hint of sweetness – the exact opposite of the original Carry Nation. So drink to the memory of a woman who smashed bars with a hatchet – while carrying a bible. Drink to the memory of this leader who was banned from Kansas City for life. Honor her memory in the best way possible – with a bottle of Carry Nation!

Cidery Description:  Family-owned Micro Cidery. We make some traditional cider. We make some modern cider. It’s all good stuff. 

They have a taproom in McMinnville Oregon with their ciders and many others.

Price:  $8.00
Where Bought:  Schilling Cider House
Where Drank:  home
How Found:  Browsing.  Its one of the few ciders from them I hadn’t tried.

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First Impression:  Medium straw yellow hue.  Low carbonation.  Smells apple-forward, with a hint of tannins.

Tasting Notes:  Semi-sweet to semi-dry.  Medium bodied.  Low tartness and acidity.  Hints of tannins and bitterness.  No sourness or funk.  This apple-forward cider also has notes of mango, pineapple, green apple, honey, and mineral.  Quick finish.  High sessionability.  Moderate apple flavor, complexity, and flavor intensity.

My Opinion:  This is an above average flagship semi-sweet cider.  I liked that it had a bit more complexity and was very flavorful without being overly sweet.

Most Similar to:  Soultree Authentic Dry Cider, Vermont Cider Co. Addison and William Tell Dry Hard Apple Cider.

Closing Notes:  This is probably tied with their Bourbon Barrel Peachy Keen for my favorite Carlton cider.  However, I think it is more suited for a multipack than $8 / 500ml.

Have you tried Carlton Carry Nation?  What did you think?

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