Urban Tree Cidery Classic

Review of Urban Tree Cidery’s Classic variety, described as crisp, sweet, and refreshing.  It is my first time trying any of their ciders, and I sampled their current flagship line-up of three ciders all at once.

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>>This is a review of a sample bottle provided to Cider Says by Urban Tree.  Although I will take care to treat it the same as any other review, there is always the potential for bias as I received it for free.  The only consideration I knowingly made was pushing this up in my cider review cue.  I love free stuff, especially cider!  Want your cider or cider-related product reviewed here?  Contact me.<<

Cider:  Classic
Cidery:  Urban Tree Cidery
Cidery Location:  Atlanta Georgia
ABV:  6.5%
How Supplied:  750ml bottles (and kegs)
Style:  American craft cider

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Availability:  Their tasting room in Atlanta, these locations around Atlanta, and online sales (in Georgia)

Cider Description:  Composed to be refreshing and pleasant with bright apple notes, this delicious symphony inspired by Georgia’s sweet charm will make your senses sing. It’s best accompanied with a light meal or snack, dessert, or interesting conversation.

Cidery Description:  At the core of Georgian pride and Atlanta’s spirit live the seeds of change. A new legacy is rising – challenging the conventions of good taste and fine drink.

Urban Tree was founded by a husband and wife in 2015, opened a tasting room in 2016, and is described as Atlanta’s first cidery.  They use local apples from the Cathey Family Orchard in Mountain City Georgia.

Price:  n/a (retails for $13-16)
Where Bought:  n/a
Where Drank:  home
How Found:  the cidery contacted me

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First Impression:  Light golden amber.  Very low carbonation with some foam.  Smells of sweet baked apple with a hint of cinnamon.

Tasting Notes:  Semi-sweet.  Medium bodied.  Low tartness and acidity.  No bitterness, sourness, funk, or tannins.  Notes of baked apple, caramel, honey, and a hint of cinnamon.  Quick finish.  High apple flavor and sessionability.  Moderate flavor intensity.  Low to moderate complexity.

My Opinion:  I enjoyed it.  It reminded me of fall.  Very easy to drink and apple-forward, although slightly juice-like.

Most Similar to:  D’s Wicked Baked Apple (except drier and less spiced), Locust Sweet Aged Apple (except drier), One Tree Crisp Apple (except less citrusy), and 2 Towns Return of the Mac (except less citrusy and more filtered).

Side Notes:  I love their bottle labels, and their website is well laid out and thorough.

Closing Notes:  This was my favorite of the three ciders, likely as it didn’t have any sourness (although the other two only had a hint).  My husband’s favorite was the Barrel-Aged, and my friends seemed to prefer the Original.   However, if these ciders were available in the PNW, I believe they would do better if sold in multi packs rather than large bottles, especially the Classic (I’m not familiar with the cider market in the South though).  Although the price point is on the low end for 750s and they are tasty, I don’t know if they would hold their own in a taste test against other ciders sold in 750s that are more cider apple centric.  It was great to have a chance to try ciders not available to me in Seattle.  They were a solid initial offering from Urban Tree, and I’m interested to see what they release next.

Have you tried cider from Urban Tree?  What did you think?

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