Review of Eve’s Cidery Rustica, described as a traditional method semi-sweet sparkling cider. It is my first time trying this one, but I’ve previously had their Beckhorn Hollow, Autumn’s Gold, and Kingston Black.
Cidery: Eve’s Cidery
Cidery Location: Van Etten NY
Residual Sugar: 4.5%
How Supplied: 750ml corked & caged champagne bottles
Style: American artisan cider from heirloom apples, naturally sparkling
Availability: Mostly in New York, but also in some other states, such as Pennsylvania, Washington DC, Massachusetts, and Delaware (and now, Washington). They also have an online store (check for shipping availability for states besides New York). 358 cases of this vintage of Rustica were produced in 2015.
Cider Description: On the nose, watermelon and coconut creamsicle moving into frozen strawberries on the palate. The finish, which is at first fresh and sweet. ends on a darker more savory note with drying tannin carrying the sweet fruit.
Made from cryo-concentrated juice, with secondary fermentation in the bottle. More info on the cider is available here.
Apple Varieties: 75% Macoun, Empire, Liberty blend, estate grown. 18% MacIntosh, Steve Cummins, Ithaca, NY. 7% Wild harvested seedling.
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.
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.
First Impression: Medium straw yellow hue. Moderate carbonation. Smells sweet, and mildly of honey and fruit.
Tasting Notes: On the drier side of semi-sweet. Medium bodied, slightly syrupy, with a creamy texture. Low tartness. Low to moderate acidity. Hints of tannins. No sourness, funk, or bitterness. Notes of honey, cream, vanilla, melon, strawberry, watermelon, pineapple, and peach. Quick finish. Moderate apple flavor, sessionability, flavor intensity, and complexity.
My Opinion: Amazing! I loved the creamy fruitiness. Well balanced, easy to drink, and refreshing, yet it still had some complexity and heirloom apple flavor. Its amazing so many flavors can be tasted without adding anything to the cider.
Most Similar to: Alpenfire Spark (which had the heirloom apple flavor, sweetness, and carbonation, but no fruitiness) and Locust Vanilla Bean (which had the same creaminess, but it has added vanilla, is much sweeter, and didn’t have fruitiness)
Closing Notes: Awesome complexity and an amazing value! Its my favorite from them so far. This would be great for new and experienced cider drinkers alike. Too bad it isn’t available locally yet (I’ve only seen their Beckhorn Hollow).
Have you tried Eve’s Cidery Rustica? What did you think?