<This is a review of a sample can provided to Cider Says by Eden. 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: Deep Cut
Cidery: Eden Specialty Ciders
Cidery Location: Newport VT
How Supplied: 12oz cans
Style: American craft orchard-based heritage cider from heirloom & cider apples, dry
Availability: soon, in limited markets and through their website
Cider Description: This is a dry, hazy, full-bodied 6.2% ABV cider made from Golden Russet, Somerset Redstreak, Dabinett, Yarlington Mill, McIntosh and Empire apples that were harvested in 2019. Slow cold fermentation and no filtering means lots of layered, rich flavor, with tasting notes of peach, black tea and citrus. Eden suggests pairing Deep Cut with fried chicken, tacos and grilled anything!
For more info, see here.
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: ~ $3-4 / can
Where Bought: n/a
Where Drank: home
How Found: it showed up
First Impression: Hazy light yellow hue. No carbonation. Smells mild, of apple and must.
Tasting Notes: Fully dry. Light bodied. Low to moderate tartness. Moderate acidity. Hints of bitterness and tannins. No sourness or funk. Notes of juicy heirloom apple and lemon with hints of earth and herbs. Moderate tart finish. Moderate apple flavor, overall flavor intensity, and complexity. High sessionability.
My Opinion: Awesome! Ciders like this could turn a sweeter cider lover like me onto dry ciders. I think it was because of the lower tartness, which seemed to make it easier to drink, as it was less sharp.
Most Similar to: Nothing I’ve had. The less filtered style was reminiscent of ciders from Downeast, but that is not at all dry, and a completely opposite style (modern not heritage).
Closing Notes: Usually when I drink a dry cider like this I’ll think about how just a touch of sweetness would have made it better, and more flavorful, but I truly don’t think it would have worked for this cider.
Have you tried Eden Deep Cut? What did you think?