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Cider: Michigan Brut
Cidery: Virtue Cider
Cidery Location: Fennville MI
How Supplied: four pack of 12oz bottles (and kegs)
Style: American craft cider, Brut (dry), from heirloom Michigan apples, oak aged
Availability: year round, in DE, GA, FL, IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MO, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, WA, and WI
Cider Description: Our dry brut is a blend of hand-pressed heirloom apples aged in French oak barrels that features the scent of fresh apples, a touch of oak, and finishes crisp and tart.
See here for more info on the cider.
Cidery Description: Virtue Cider is a Michigan-based craft cider company. We produce European-style ciders from fresh apples – never from concentrate – and employ traditional farmhouse production methods that include native and secondary fermentation, use of wild yeasts, and an expansive barrel aging program.
They have a tasting room in Fennville Michigan; see here.
Where Bought: n/a
Where Drank: home
How Found: it showed up
First Impression: Still (no carbonation). Light straw yellow hue. Smells very mild – dry and tart.
Tasting Notes: On the sweeter side of dry, but probably just as it was “juicy” tasting (as the label says 0g sugar). Light bodied. Moderate tartness and acidity. Hints of bitterness and tannins. No sourness or funk. Notes of juicy green apple, lemon, mineral, yeast, and a non-distinct herbalness. Moderate length finish. Moderate apple flavor. Moderate to high sessionability. Low to moderate flavor intensity and complexity.
My Opinion: I felt pretty indifferent about this cider, due to the dryness and subtly of the flavor (opposite of my preferences). If you usually prefer a dry and subtle (food-friendly) cider, I’d recommend it for you. I didn’t pick up any oak flavor, but I imagine it contributed to the cider’s overall flavor, plus that could have been what helped the cider seem not as dry.
Closing Notes: As far as dry ciders, I have preferred Original Sin Extra Dry.
Have you tried Virtue’s Michigan Brut? What did you think?