Review of Eden’s Claudine, a French-style keeved cider. It is my first time trying this, but I have had their Sparkling Dry, Cinderella’s Slipper, Heirloom Blend Ice Cider, Sparkling Semi-Dry, Northern Spy Ice Cider, Honeycrisp Ice Cider, Imperial 11 Rosé, Heirloom Blend Barrel Aged, Guinevere’s Pearls, Windfall Orchard Ice Cider, Two Ellies, The Falstaff, Heritage, Siren Song, Ezekiel Kingston Black, Harvest, and Extra Sec.
Cider: Claudine (Cellar Series)
Cidery: Eden Specialty Ciders
Cidery Location: Newport VT
How Supplied: 375ml bottles
Style: American craft French-style keeved cicder
Availability: online only, limited release
Cider Description: Normandy-style keeved cider, made from 3 bittersweet apple varieties. This is a special version of a petillant naturel that retains residual sweetness, balanced by tannin rather than acidity. Its delicious, rich flavor is a fantastic accompaniment to traditional Normandy foods. Enjoy with a plate of cider-braised mussels, a bowl of pork stew, or a slather of Camembert cheese.
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.
Price: $36 / 3 bottles (currently no single bottle option) + shipping
Where Bought: their website
Where Drank: home
How Found: e-mail from the cidery
First Impression: Medium orange amber hue. Moderate carbonation. Smells sweet, of rich apple and yeast.
Tasting Notes: On the drier side of semi-sweet. Medium bodied. Low tartness and acidity. No funk or sourness. Notes of rich complex apple pomace & juice and orange. Quick finish with a hint of bitterness and tannins. High apple flavor, sessionability, and overall flavor intensity. Low complexity.
My Opinion: I really liked it. On the simpler side, but most French and French-style ciders are, and its far from boring. Sweeter than most other offerings from Eden, which I like, as my favorite non-ice cider from them is probably their semi-sweet Guinevere’s Pearls. I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between this and a French cider. I think it would be perfect for a weekend brunch.
Most Similar to: a number of cleaner French ciders (no funk or sourness); see here for some of my past French cider reviews
Closing Notes: Interesting they are only selling this in half-size 375ml bottles, especially with the low ABV. From the price and style I’m guessing this cider cost them a lot to make, and the smaller bottle size kept the price much lower (vs. $24 / 750ml bottle assuming double the price of one 375ml bottle).
Have you tried Eden Claudine? What did you think?