Review of Whitewood Cider’s Jonathan. I previously tried this on draft (see here). Plus I’ve had their Summer Switchel, Kingston Black Whisky Barrel Aged, Red Cap, Gravenstein Old Fangled Series 2012 Harvest, Gravenstein Old Fangled Series Barrel Aged, Northland, Winesap, Gibb’s Farm, Newtown Pippin, and South Sounder.
Cider: Old Fangled Series, Jonathan (2015 harvest)
Cidery: Whitewood Cider
Cidery Location: Olympia WA
How Supplied: 750ml bottles
Style: American craft heritage cider from Jonathan apples, sugar added, medium dry
Availability: only in Washington – see here
Cider Description: Jonathan is an early American variety and dates back to the early 1800’s. Whitewood’s Single Varietal Jonathan Cider starts out full up front good acid backbone followed by scant traces of a caramel/butterscotch flavors, and finishes clean with notes of, sour orange, meyer lemon, and citrus flavors.
Cidery Description: Whitewood Cider is the South Puget Sound’s first craft cidery. Officially we are a nano cider and can be hard to locate. Fear not as you’ll be able to find us at the finest bottles shops as well pubs and and restaurants that are the most dedicated to locally made craft cider.
They have a tasting room in Olympia; see here.
Price: ~ $15 ?
Where Bought: Schilling Cider House in Seattle WA
Where Drank: home
How Found: browsing
First Impression: Medium straw yellow hue. Low carbonation. Smells apple-forward.
Tasting Notes: On the sweeter side of semi-dry. Light bodied. Moderate tartness and acidity. Hints of tannins. No bitterness, sourness, or funk. Notes of juicy apple and lemon with hints of honey and tropical fruit. Quick finish. Low to moderate complexity. Moderate to high apple flavor. High sessionability. Moderate flavor intensity.
My Opinion: I enjoyed it, and so did my husband. Super easy to drink and apple-forward, yet it had a bit of complexity – you can tell it is heritage craft cider.
Most Similar to: a more complex and sessionable version of Portland Cider Perfect 10
Closing Notes: This would make a great introductory craft cider, plus I’d like to see it in a multipack.
Have you tried Whitewood Jonathan? What did you think?