Angry Orchard The Muse

Review of Angry Orchard’s The Muse, part of their Cider House Collection (along with Iceman and Strawman).  I had forgotten about this bottle, as for some reason it was in with our champagne & white wine, instead of with my ciders.  So, especially since I didn’t know how long ago I bought it, I thought I’d better drink this one!

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Cider:  The Muse
Cidery:  Angry Orchard
Cidery Location:  Cincinnati OH
ABV:  7.7%
How Supplied:  750ml corked & caged champagne bottle

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Availability:  wide release, year round

Description from Angry Orchard:  Our Cider House Collection includes rare and innovative ciders, harvested from our cider makers’ passion and creativity. To bring you these new distinct styles, we experimented with juice blends, wood aging, fermentation techniques, and other traditional processes learned from 15 years of cider making exploration and craftsmanship.

Inspired by the festive nature of slightly sweet demi-sec champagnes and sparkling wines, The Muse is a bubbly, effervescent cider made from traditional culinary and bittersweet apples and aged on French oak. The cider is sweet upfront with a juicy apple aroma and bright acidity, and slightly drying on the finish with a lingering sweet apple note. The French oak adds a subtle wood impression, imparting notes of clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and hints of vanilla. 7.7% ABV.

Price:  ~$15
Where Bought:  Costco?  Its pretty widely available though, even at the supermarkets near me.
Where Drank:  home
How Found:  Browsing.  I’ve had The Muse and Iceman probably a few times each.

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First Impression:  Darker amber.  High foam & carbonation.  Cooked apple scent.

Opinion:  Sweet to very sweet.  Tastes like a sparkling ice wine.  High carbonation.  Moderate acidity.  Medium bodied.  Effervescent mouthfeel.  No noticeable bitterness, tartness, or astringency.  I don’t pick up any barrel influence or the spices that are mentioned in the description.  I do however pick up some bittersweet apple, cooked apple, and vanilla notes.  There are some poor syrupy and juice-like qualities to this cider.  Longer length finish.  Slightly less sweet than Iceman.  In contrast, Iceman has a higher ABV, some discernible barrel influence, and less carbonation.

Most Similar to:  Angry Orchard’s Iceman.  Check out this post I did with mini reviews of all the Angry Orchard ciders I’ve tried.

Closing Notes:   This cider is pretty good, but I think much better can be had for the money.  Also, I’d really rather support a local craft cidery.  This is however a good introduction to a more craft-like cider product for those with limited cider availability and for those whose palates like a sweet cider.  I have tended towards drier ciders lately and this one is a bit too sweet now for me.

Have you tried Angry Orchard The Muse?  What did you think?