<This is a review of a sample bottle 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: Siren Song
Cidery: Eden Specialty Ciders
Cidery Location: Newport VT
How Supplied: 750ml bottles
Style: American craft orchard-based heritage cider from heirloom sharp & sweet and bittersweet cider apple varieties
Availability: in limited markets and through their website
Cider Description: A blend of heirloom sharps and sweets, and bittersweet cider apples, including Belle de Boskoop, Golden Russet, Ashton Bitter, Tremlett’s Bitter, Dabinett, Orleans Reinette, and Franklin grown at our friends at Poverty Lane Orchards, Scott Farms and Windfall Orchard. The best fruit of the season, balanced and blended to perfection….Clean, off-dry, medium carbonation…Slow cold fermentation, blended, dosed very lightly with ice cider, filtered and carbonated…Extremely versatile dinner cider, try it with sushi, pad thai, or whole roasted snapper…7g residual sugar.
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.
Where Bought: n/a
Where Drank: home
How Found: it showed up
First Impression: Light gold hue. Low to moderate carbonation. Smells mild, with a hint of sweet honey.
Tasting Notes: On the sweeter side of Dry. Light bodied. Moderate tartness. High acidity. Hints of tannins & bitterness. No sourness or funk. Notes of sharp heirloom apple with hints of honey, orange, and floral. Long tart finish. Moderate apple flavor, sessionability, overall flavor intensity, and complexity.
My Opinion: I liked it. Nice flavor, although a bit tart & acidic for me. Due to that I preferred the previous release, which I found slightly sweeter, richer, and more tannic. However, this is indicative of heritage ciders, which even if made from the same blend of apple varieties using the same methods, will vary from year-to-year, due to the harvest being influenced by nature.
Closing Notes: I usually taste ciders before reading any accompanying description, so as to not have any pre-conceived expectation. While my tasting notes are typically in the same realm as the cidery’s, this time they were completely spot-on (acidic, orange, and wildflower honey).
Have you tried Eden Siren Song? What did you think?