Review of Red Branch Cider Company’s Peach Cider (actually technically a cyser as it has honey added). It is my first time trying this cider, and any cider from this cidery.
Cider: Peach Cider
Cidery: Red Branch Cider Co.
Cidery Location: Sunnyvalle CA
How Supplied: 500ml bottles
Style: American cider with honey, peach juice, carbonated water, and sugar
Availability: A small batch release. Red Branch cider appears to only be available in California, plus through their online store.
Cider Description: We take great care in producing this hard peach cider from the finest ingredients available. We only use premium fruit juices and honey. This one has a twist though, we’ve added peach juice to give it a great flavor with a terrific peach aroma. If you love peaches, then this is for you. Try our other flavors, too and you might just find your favorite beverage choice is something new. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do. If you don’t, tell us and we’ll make it right. Mike & Maria
Cidery Description: We believe that producing a quality hard cider of any variety is 90% art and 10% science. Toss in a bit of sweat and heartburn for good measure and you’ll have a typical small cidery. Crafting cider is a lot like crafting many other beverages, and our love of quality ingredients drives us to produce more than just an average cider, but what we believe, is the finest cider possible. Our passion is to create something special from one of the most natural substances on earth, and share it with everyone.
Quality and consistency are the most important aspects of our products, if they aren’t good enough for us to drink or offer to our own friends and family, then we won’t sell it to you! Red Branch Cider Company offers both traditional and seasonal ciders with an innovative honey twist.
They were established in 1995 and have a tap room in Sunnyvale CA.
Where Bought: a natural grocery store in a small town in Northern California
Where Drank: home
How Found: Browsing. They had an impressive cider selection.
First Impression: Light peach hue. Nearly still (very low carbonation). Smells of peach candy.
Tasting Notes: Semi-sweet. Medium bodied. Low tartness. Low to moderate acidity. Low bitterness. No tannins, sourness, or funk. Notes of peach candy at the beginning with a hint of nectarine, lemon, & honey, and a medicinal flat metallic bitter peach flavor at the end. Moderate length finish. Low apple flavor. Moderate flavor intensity. Low to moderate complexity. High sessionability.
My Opinion: I found this cider odd. I think without the weird finish and with some carbonation it wouldn’t have been too bad.
Most Similar to: I’ve previously had the following peach ciders: Blue Mountain Peach, Blackfin Pacific Peach, Carlton Bourbon Peachy Keen, Finnriver Country Peach, Number 6 Peach Fuzz, Peach Grapefruit Habanero, and Tieton Bourbon Peach. This one was quite different than all the others – the sweetest and most candied tasting. My favorite of those is probably the Tieton one.
Closing Notes: Hopefully I have a chance to try something else from Red Branch in the future.
Have you tried Red Branch Peach Cider? What did you think?