Oregon Mead & Cider Co. Free Press Dry Cider

Review of Oregon Mead & Cider Company’s Free Press Dry Cider.  It is my first time trying any of their cider.

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Cider:  Free Press Dry Cider
Cidery:  Oregon Mead & Cider Company
Cidery Location:  Portland Oregon
ABV:  6.5%
How Supplied:  500ml bottles
Style:  American craft cider

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Availability:  Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington, and Wisconsin

Cider Description:  Hard Cider Made Easy. Our ciders were born from the bounty of the Northwest and the pioneering spirit of our grandparents. A perfect balance of dry and tart, our ciders are made by the people, for the people. Press on.

Cidery Description:  Oregon Mead & Cider Co. creates award-winning, dry, sparkling meads and ciders from premium Northwest ingredients. All of our beverages are gluten-free, unfiltered, and completely dry. Oh, and we never use sulfites. Ever.

They have a tasting room in Portland (see here).

Price:  $6.99
Where Bought:  The Cave in Kirkland WA
Where Drank:  home
How Found:  Browsing.  It was my first time seeing anything from this brand, although I had heard of them.

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First Impression:  Light amber hue.  Moderate carbonation with a large amount of foam (the photo above was about 30 seconds after pouring).  Smells mild, apple-forward and of peach.

Tasting Notes:  Semi-dry to dry.  Light bodied with a frothy texture.  Low tartness.  Moderate acidity.  Low bitterness.  Hints of tannins.  No sourness or bitterness.  Notes of yeast, peach, and a hint of hops.  Quick finish.  Low flavor intensity, complexity, and apple flavor.  Moderate sessionability.

My Opinion:  I liked the level of carbonation and the frothy texture.  However, the hint of hops and flavor profile was odd, and I didn’t really like the bitterness.  It was almost beer-like.

Most Similar to:  Double Mountain Jumpin Jack Heirloom Cider

Closing Notes:  I also picked up this cidery’s hopped cider (the only other cider from the cidery the bottle shop had).

Have you tried Oregon Mead & Cider Company’s Free Press Dry Cider?  What did you think?

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