Review of Stem Cider’s Pommeau. It is my first time trying this, although I’ve also had their Le Chene, Malice, Blood Orange Cyser, Remedy, Branch and Bramble, and Whiskey Barrel-Aged Apricot, and also tried Pommeau from 2 Towns, Etienne Dupont, Finnriver, Tieton, Traditions, and Wandering Aengus.
Cidery: Stem Ciders
Cidery Location: Denver Colorado
How Supplied: 375ml corked bottles
Style: American craft Pommeau (apple brandy + apple cider), oak aged
Availability: Only at their tap room, released December 2015
Cider Description: Apple dessert wine aged in oak for 8 months. Full of cherry and fruit skin notes, with distinctive oakiness perfect for sipping slowly.
Cidery Description: At Stem Ciders, we are committed to creating ciders of the highest quality that honor the purity and complexity that is inherent to the apple. We can’t wait to introduce you to your perfect cider match. We are dedicated to reviving the cider tradition, which goes far beyond what you enjoy in your glass. We hold our growers in the highest regard, and by fostering relationships with them we reward their hard work and promote the regrowth of heirloom apple cultivation. We love our home-base in Denver, and embrace the Colorado lifestyle that makes us lug a bottle to share up a mountain to enjoy a drink with a view. Most importantly, we love nothing more than seeing that smile on your face when you have your first sip of one of our crisp, refreshing ciders.
Where Bought: Stem’s tap room
Where Drank: home
How Found: My husband picked this up for me when travelling. He made a special trip to the Stem tasting room just to buy me cider. I’m spoiled!
<cider tasting event glasses like this one from Cider Rite of Spring make perfect vessels for Pommeau, ice cider, and the like!>
First Impression: Medium amber hue. Still (no carbonation). Smells sweet, rich, and of caramel.
Tasting Notes: Semi-dry. Medium bodied. Low to moderate tartness and acidity. Low tannins and bitterness. No sourness or funk. Notes of caramel, brown sugar, leather, and orange. Long finish. High apple flavor. Very low sessionability. Moderate complexity. Moderate flavor intensity. No overt oak influence.
My Opinion: I liked it. However, it didn’t seem to have quite the amount of complexity of some others I’ve tried (possibly as it wasn’t quite as sweet as some). However, it is more budget friendly than many other options. This year’s Stem Pommeau release was aged 20 months, so I’m curious if that gave it more complexity than this batch.
Most Similar to: The Traditions Pommeau, as it had a similar level of sweetness and complexity.
Closing Notes: My favorites remain the 2 Towns, Etienne Dupont, and Wandering Aengus Pommeaux (the plural of Pommeau…very cool). However, I wouldn’t say I’ve disliked any Pommeau I’ve tried.
Have you ever tried Pommeau? What did you think?