Review of 2 Towns Two Thorns. It is my first time trying this, but I have had most of their line-up (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: Two Thorns
Cidery: 2 Towns
Cidery Location: Corvallis OR
How Supplied: 500ml bottles (and cans and kegs)
Style: American craft cider from dessert apples, with raspberries and rose petals
Availability: Spring seasonal, possibly in Oregon, Washington, California, Alaska, Idaho, Hawaii, Chicago, and parts of Minnesota & Montana (see their cider finder)
Cider Description: Tart and floral, Two Thorns unites fresh-pressed Northwest apples, raspberries and rose petals. The result is a uniquely fragrant cider with a vibrant red hue.
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.
Price: n/a (probably ~ $5.99 / 500ml bottle or ~ $11.99 / six pack)
Where Bought: n/a
Where Drank: home
How Found: it showed up
First Impression: Moderate red hue. Still. Smells of tart raspberry.
Tasting Notes: Semi-dry. Light bodied. Moderate to strong tartness. Moderate acidity. No sourness, funk, bitterness, or tannins. Notes of raspberry with hints of green apple, floral, and lemon. Moderate tart finish. Low apple flavor. Moderate flavor intensity. Low to moderate complex. High sessionability.
My Opinion: I liked it. Nice tart raspberry flavor, and super fruity for how dry it is (only 6g of sugar / 12oz).
Most Similar to: Most raspberry ciders I’ve had were much more sweet. However, this is most similar to a lower ABV version of Blue Moon Winery Apple Raspberry, which was also tart and dry.
Closing Notes: They had a previous cider with this same flavor and name which was only available in downtown Portland Oregon, a collaboration with the Portland Thorns women’s soccer team.
Have you tried 2 Towns Two Thorns? What did you think?