Review of Carlton Cyderworks’ Carry Nation. It is my first time trying this cider, although I have tried their Black Currant Scrumpy, Sugar and Spice, Slake, First Fruits, AHH!!! Apricot Honey Habanero, Bourbon Barrel Peachy Keen, Citizen, and Impearial.
Cider: Carry Nation
Cidery: Carlton Cyderworks
Cidery Location: McMinnville OR
How Supplied: 500ml bottles (and draft)
Style: American craft semi-sweet cider, with cane sugar added to backsweeten
Availability: Only in Oregon and Washington
Cider Description: In honor of the resolute and tenacious Carry Nation, we craft this refreshing and unique Northwest cider. Made from a blend of apples grown in the fertile soils of Oregon’s Willamette Valley, our cider is approachable, sprightly, with a hint of sweetness – the exact opposite of the original Carry Nation. So drink to the memory of a woman who smashed bars with a hatchet – while carrying a bible. Drink to the memory of this leader who was banned from Kansas City for life. Honor her memory in the best way possible – with a bottle of Carry Nation!
Cidery Description: Family-owned Micro Cidery. We make some traditional cider. We make some modern cider. It’s all good stuff.
They have a taproom in McMinnville Oregon with their ciders and many others.
Where Bought: Schilling Cider House
Where Drank: home
How Found: Browsing. Its one of the few ciders from them I hadn’t tried.
First Impression: Medium straw yellow hue. Low carbonation. Smells apple-forward, with a hint of tannins.
Tasting Notes: Semi-sweet to semi-dry. Medium bodied. Low tartness and acidity. Hints of tannins and bitterness. No sourness or funk. This apple-forward cider also has notes of mango, pineapple, green apple, honey, and mineral. Quick finish. High sessionability. Moderate apple flavor, complexity, and flavor intensity.
My Opinion: This is an above average flagship semi-sweet cider. I liked that it had a bit more complexity and was very flavorful without being overly sweet.
Most Similar to: Soultree Authentic Dry Cider, Vermont Cider Co. Addison and William Tell Dry Hard Apple Cider.
Closing Notes: This is probably tied with their Bourbon Barrel Peachy Keen for my favorite Carlton cider. However, I think it is more suited for a multipack than $8 / 500ml.
Have you tried Carlton Carry Nation? What did you think?