Review of Eve’s Cidery’s Scatterseed. It is my first time trying this, but I have had their Beckhorn Hollow, Autumn’s Gold, Kingston Black, and Rustica.
Cider: Scatterseed (2014 vintage)
Cidery: Eve’s Cidery
Cidery Location: Van Etten NY
How Supplied: 750ml corked & caged champagne bottle
Style: American artisan methode champenoise cider from cider apples
Availability: sold out per their website
Cider Description: Aromas of damp earth, ripe waxy apple, tamari and beeswax focus (coalesce) into flavors of ripe fruit and game which are deep and layered. Textures of sandstone and chewy bittersweet apple. Finish is completely dry and savory with full, lingering tannin.
See here for more info on this cider; I like how they are very detailed in all their cider descriptions.
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: the cidery’s online store
Where Drank: home
How Found: browsing
First Impression: Medium gold hue. Moderate carbonation. Smells dry, tannic, and rich.
Tasting Notes: Completely dry. Light bodied. Moderate tartness. High acidity. Moderate to high tannins. Hints of bitterness and funk. No sourness. Earthy notes of caramel, leather, butterscotch, lemon, butter, and floral. Long tannic finish. Low apple flavor and sessionability. Moderate flavor intensity. High complexity.
My Opinion: I enjoyed it. The tannins and flavor were great. However, I would have preferred more sweetness and less acidity. I’d love to see more tannic traditional ciders like this that are semi-dry instead of dry, as I think it brings out more flavor, and makes them more approachable.
Most Similar to: very few ciders, as very few cideries are using such a high percentage of bittersweet & bittersharp cider apples in a cider (although it is getting more common, but usually they are blended with heirloom apples such that the bittersweet & bittersharp apple characteristics are muted)
Closing Notes: my favorite Eve’s cider remains Rustica, but I’d love to see a slightly sweeter version of this or their Kingston Black
Have you tried Eve’s Scatterseed? What did you think?