Eden Deep Cut

Review of Eden’s Deep Cut, a new dry canned harvest cider offering, co-released with Peak Bloom which I reviewed here.  It is my first time trying this, but I’ve had most of their line-up (see here).

<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
ABV:  6.2%
How Supplied:  12oz cans
Style:  American craft orchard-based heritage cider from heirloom & cider apples, dry

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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

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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?

4 thoughts on “Eden Deep Cut

  1. Not finding Deep Cut locally, I ordered a case from Eden. You can take that as trust in your reviews.

    As background: I switched from drinking wine to mostly beer and cider not just because I like them, but because their lower acidity sits easier on my stomach. So ciders with high acidity aren’t really my thing (nor are sour beers!). At the same time, I like flavor complexity and usually prefer a dry or near-dry cider.

    For me, trying Deep Cut was like watching Papi Ortiz hit that grand slam in the 2013 ALCS. Eden has a home run with this one.

    If I can keep Deep Cut in stock along with a slightly off-dry cider (not yet determined), it will be enough for me for almost any occasion. Thanks for the review!

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    • Mike – Awesome! I too ordered a case of this, and just got it yesterday. Expensive for cans, but actually a great value compared to bottles, especially considering I can choose to have just 1 (or 2 or 3…). I usually prefer sweeter, but really enjoy this one with the lower tartness & acidity, which just lets the flavor shine through better. I also ordered their new Beeflustered cherry mead barred aged ice cider, and added the Charmeuse still cider to get to the $90 for free shipping.

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  2. I ordered another half case of Deep Cut and a case of Eden Harvest myself. Not yet a fan of cherry/blueberry/prickly pear flavored ciders, but the day may come.

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