Review of Hard Row to Hoe’s The Other Cider of the Lake. It is my first time trying anything from this winery (they primarily makes grape wine).
Cider: The Other Cider of the Lake
Cidery: Hard Row to Hoe
Cidery Location: Chelan, WA
How Supplied: 16oz cans
Style: American craft cider from dessert apples
Availability: likely limited to the Chelan area, plus online sales
Cider Description: The Other Cider of the Lake is our seasonal, small-batch, premium hard cider. Made with Granny Smith, gala, fuji and honeycrisp apples and finishes dry and crisp. The name harkens back to the Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards namesake story about a copper mine, a row boat and a brothel on the other side of the lake [Chelan]. This cider comes in a 4 pack of 16 ounce cans.
Cidery Description: Making Serious Wines with a Lighthearted Approach
Price: ~ $4 / can
Where Bought: my husband picked this up for me at the winery when wine tasting
Where Drank: home
How Found: browsing
First Impression: Nearly clear. Still (no carbonation). Smells of sweet green apple.
Tasting Notes: Semi-dry. Very light bodied. Very low tartness and acidity. No bitterness, sourness, funk, or tannins. Notes of green apple with a hint of pineapple. Short finish. Low apple flavor and complexity. Very low flavor intensity. Very high sessionability.
My Opinion: I thought this was average, plenty drinkable, but it didn’t hold my interest. A bit watery and light in flavor, probably due to it being drier and made from non-cider apples. My husband was a bigger fan.
Most Similar to: Ulee’s Light Cider Dry and Number Six Dry 99
Closing Notes: For the most part I haven’t been impressed by ciders made by wineries or breweries.
Have you tried The Other Cider of the Lake? What did you think?