Review of Eden’s Extra Sec, their dry sparkling methode champenoise cider made from heirloom and bittersweet apple varieties grown in Vermont and New Hampshire. It is my first time trying this, although I have had their Sparkling Dry, Cinderella’s Slipper, Heirloom Blend Ice Cider, Sparkling Semi-Dry, Northern Spy Ice Cider, Honeycrisp Ice Cider, Imperial 11 Rosé, Heirloom Blend Apple Brandy Barrel Aged, Guinevere’s Pearls, Windfall Orchard Ice Cider, Two Ellies, Falstaff, Heritage 2018, Siren Song, Ezekiel Kingston Black, and Harvest 2019.
Cider: Extra Sec
Cidery: Eden Specialty Ciders
Cidery Location: Newport VT
How Supplied: 375ml & 750ml bottles
Style: American craft cider from heirloom & cider apples, methode champenoise, dry
Availability: limited, although they have online sales
Cider Description: Champagne-method cider made from heirloom and bittersweet apple varieties grown in Vermont and at Poverty Lane Orchards in New Hampshire. It is naturally sparkling and clean – we hand-disgorge the yeast from every bottle! Beautifully balanced between fruit, acid, and tannin. The barely perceptible dosage serves to bring forth the fruit character of the cider. Perfect with roast pork, turkey and vegetable gratin dishes.
Cidery Description: Our specialty ciders reflect the cold winter climate and apple heritage of Northern New England. We make ciders that are unique and innovative, but that also respect the rare and expensive apples we use, and refrain from aggressive manipulation and industrial beer and wine processing techniques.
Price: ~ $15
Where Bought: their website
Where Drank: home
How Found: browsing
First Impression: Light gold hue. Low to moderate carbonation. Smells mild, of dry acidic heirloom apple cider.
Tasting Notes: On the sweeter side of dry. Light bodied. Moderate to high tartness and acidity. Low bitterness and tannins. No sourness or funk. Notes of complex tart heirloom apples, lemon, wood/earth, and pineapple. Long tart finish.
My Opinion: I enjoyed it, especially as it isn’t fully dry, and has some complexity, but this isn’t my favorite style of cider. My husband was predictably even a big fan, as its a favorite style of his. I recommend this to fans of complex dry tart sparkling ciders; its very well made and an excellent value.
Most Similar to: Eden Harvest cider, but sparkling, a touch drier, and more complex
Closing Notes: Awhile back Eden replaced their flagship ‘Dry’ and ‘Semi-Dry’ ciders with ‘Brut Nature’ and ‘Extra Sec’, all of which are sparkling, with the former at 0% residual sugar and the later (reviewed here) at 0.9% residual sugar. I think I preferred the ‘Semi-Dry’ a bit over Extra Sec, as it was a touch sweeter and richer, but anything from Eden is a good choice.
Have you tried Eden Extra Sec? What did you think?