Eve’s Cidery 2015 Kingston Black, Dry Still Cider

Review of Eve’s Cidery 2015 Kingston Black, Dry Still Cider.  It is my first time trying this one, but I’ve previously had their Beckhorn Hollow and Autumn’s Gold.

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Cider:  2015 Kingston Black, Dry Still Cider
Cidery:  Eve’s Cidery
Cidery Location:  Van Etten NY
ABV:  8.6%
How Supplied:  750ml corked bottles
Style:  American artisan cider, a single varietal from Kingston Black cider apples

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Availability:  sold out (21 cases made)

Cider Description:  100% Estate grown Kingston Black.  Primary fermentation in stainless steel.  21 cases bottled.  Residual sugar 0.0%. Titratable Acidity 7.1 g/L.  pH 3.8.  On the nose, dried apples, macadamia nuts and dusty roses. On the palate, calendula flowers, cloves, wood and tobacco with tense, springy tannin. The finish is kerosene and sour apple.  

More info on the cider is available here.

Cidery Description:  Eve’s Cidery is a small family run orchard and cidery located in Van Etten, in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. We grow apples and other tree fruits and ferment artisanal ciders. We believe in nature, art, good food and hard work. These beliefs influence the way we farm, make cider and sell our product. We hope you can taste some of it in the bottle.

Their official tasting room is at the Finger Lakes Cider House in Interlaken New York.

Price:  $16
Where Bought:  Eve’s Cidery’s online store
Where Drank:  home
How Found:  Browsing Eve’s Cidery’s website, as they were having a free shipping offer in December.

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First Impression:  Moderate amber hue.  Still (no carbonation).  Smells amazingly rich and sweet.

Tasting Notes:  Completely dry (the nose on this cider is definitely deceiving).  Light to medium bodied.  Low tartness and bitterness.  Low to moderate acidity and tannins.  No sourness or funk.  Notes of concentrated apple juice, brown sugar, caramel, wood, and lemon.  Moderate to long finish length, with a slight alcohol burn.  High apple flavor.  Low sessionability.  High complexity.  Moderate flavor intensity.

My Opinion:  I really enjoyed it, although I think I would have liked it even more with a touch of residual sugar (I prefer semi-dry to dry).  This unique wine-like cider is definitely on the serious side.

Most Similar to:  It reminds me of ice cider, except with all the sugar sucked out somehow.  I’ve had two previous Kingston Black ciders – from Dragon’s Head (single varietal) and Whitewood (with a bit of Porter’s Perfection).  All three were quite different from each other.  The Whitewood one had some added complexity due to the whiskey barrel aging (and also had the highest ABV).  Eve’s seemed the most characteristically Kingston Black if I had to guess.

Closing Notes:  Awesome complexity and an amazing value!  Its my favorite from them so far.  I still have one bottle from Eve’s left, Rustica.

Have you tried any Kingston Black single varietals?  What did you think?

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