Tasting notes from my 35th visit to the Schilling Cider House in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle WA. However, its actually been a few times more than that as sometimes I just pop in to buy bottles. Check out my past posts with tasting notes here.
I was a bit distracted and totally forgot pictures this time, but I thought I might as well share tasting notes. I was there on a Thursday afternoon, the day before Cider Summit Seattle 2019, for the cider house’s 5th birthday. I ordered a flight, as always. Its awesome even with how many ciders I’ve tried, they always have at least a few new to me selections.
Alpenfire (Port Townsend WA) Golden Fox (6.9% ABV): This is their 17th draft-only Traditional Heirloom Cider release, this time from Golden Russet, Golden, and Foxwhelp apples. Dry, with notes of heirloom apple and lemon, with hints of bitterness & tannins.
Brownrigg (Seattle WA) Rum Barrel (7.5% ABV): I had forgotten I actually tried this 1 year ago. Their rum barrel aged cider, which like all their ciders appears to be draft-only, and super limited release. Dry and tart, with oak, citrus, and herbal flavor, and low sourness (back of the palate).
Longdrop (Boise ID) Strawberry Vanilla (5.5% ABV): This appears to be a draft-only release. Semi-dry to semi-sweet, with mild berry flavor, and vanilla on the nose and finish.
Reverend Nat’s (Portland OR) Watermelon (4.5% ABV): This is seasonal, and also available in bottles, as Holy Water(melon), and advertised to also have ginger and lime in addition to the walermelon. Semi-dry, with a mild watermelon flavor and a hint of grapefruit and ginger, and a sour finish (back of the palate).
Schilling (Auburn WA) Blueberry Pommeau (21% ABV): This is a draft-only birthday release, where Pommeau = apple brandy + apple juice, then barrel aged, with blueberry added. Semi-sweet, fuller bodied, with a tart fruity berry start and a rich boozy finish.
Schilling (Auburn WA) Guava Mint (8.5% ABV): This is a draft-only release for the fruit cider challenge at Seattle Cider Summit. Semi-sweet, full bodied with a guava pulp mouthfeel, lots of guava flavor, and a hint of mint on the finish. Hidden ABV.
I didn’t care for the Rev Nat’s or Brownrigg selections, due to the sourness, but liked all the others, especially the Schilling Guava mint, which I ordered more of.
Stay tuned for more Schilling Cider House tasting notes here at Cider Says. Have you had any good draft cider / cider flights recently?