Review of 2 Towns’ newest limited release, Passion Statement. It is my first time trying this, but I’ve previously had nearly every cider they’ve ever made (see here).
<This is a review of a sample bottle provided to Cider Says by 2 Towns. Although I will take care to treat it the same as any other review, there is always the potential for bias as I received this for free. The only consideration I knowingly made was pushing this up in my cider review que, considering it is a new release and the info may be helpful for folks deciding to purchase it. I love free stuff, especially cider! Want your cider or cider-related product reviewed here? Contact me.>
Cider: Passion Statement
Cidery: 2 Towns Cider House
Cidery Location: Corvallis OR
How supplied: 500ml bottles (and kegs)
Style: American craft cider from dessert apples, D’Anjou pears, and Yellow Maracuyá passion fruit
Availability: limited release, in Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Hawaii, Chicago and parts of Minnesota (see their cider finder)
Cider Description: Sensational & exotic, Passion Statement stands out from the crowd, pairing stunning Yellow Maracuyá passion fruit with fresh-pressed Northwest pears and apples. With a pleasant tropical tang, this show stopping cider will turn heads, and pint glasses!
Cidery Description: At 2 Towns Ciderhouse we believe that the long history of cidermaking demands respect and deserves to be done right. Starting with the highest quality whole ingredients from local farms, we take no shortcuts in crafting our ciders. We never add any sugar, concentrates or artificial flavors, and instead use slow, cold fermentation methods to allow the fruit to speak for itself. As a family-owned company, we are committed to the growth of our team and enrichment of our communities. We take pride in producing true Northwest craft cider.
They were founded in 2010 and have a tap room in Corvallis Oregon.
Price: n/a (retails for ~ $5.99 / 500ml bottle)
Where Bought: n/a
Where Drank: home
How Found: it showed up
First Impression: Medium straw yellow hue. No carbonation. Smells intensely of sweet passion fruit.
Tasting Notes: Semi-dry. Light bodied. Moderate to high tartness. Moderate acidity. Hints of bitterness. No sourness, funk, or tannins. Notes of passion fruit, pineapple, canned pear, lemon, and green apple. Moderate length finish. Low apple flavor. Low to moderate complexity. Moderate flavor intensity and sessionability.
My Opinion: I liked it. However, it was a bit tart for my tastes. I think more sweetness could have helped smooth out the initial mouth-puckering tartness. Interestingly, it was much less tart the second day, after being left in the fridge overnight, and I enjoyed it more then.
Most Similar to: Reverend Nat’s The Passion, which I prefer (although it is sweeter, less tart, and also has vanilla and coconut). Portland Cider Passion Fruit, which is milder. Also, Schilling Pineapple Passion, although that is more pineapple than passion fruit.
Closing Notes: 2 Towns has been on a role, releasing many popular ciders. Everyone won’t like every cider, but I think they do a great job creating ciders that have a wide appeal.
Have you tried 2 Towns Passion Statement? What did you think?