Eve’s Scatterseed

Review of Eve’s Cidery’s Scatterseed.  It is my first time trying this, but I have had their Beckhorn HollowAutumn’s GoldKingston Black, and Rustica.

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Cider:  Scatterseed (2014 vintage)
Cidery:  Eve’s Cidery
Cidery Location:  Van Etten NY
ABV:  8.5%
How Supplied:  750ml corked & caged champagne bottle
Style:  American artisan methode champenoise cider from cider apples

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Availability:  sold out per their website

Cider Description:  Aromas of damp earth, ripe waxy apple, tamari and beeswax focus (coalesce) into flavors of ripe fruit and game which are deep and layered. Textures of sandstone and chewy bittersweet apple. Finish is completely dry and savory with full, lingering tannin.

See here for more info on this cider; I like how they are very detailed in all their cider descriptions.

Cidery Description:  Eve’s Cidery is a small family run orchard and cidery located in Van Etten, in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. We grow apples and other tree fruits and ferment artisanal ciders. We believe in nature, art, good food and hard work. These beliefs influence the way we farm, make cider and sell our product. We hope you can taste some of it in the bottle.

Their official tasting room is at the Finger Lakes Cider House in Interlaken New York.

Price:  $18
Where Bought:  the cidery’s online store
Where Drank:  home
How Found:  browsing

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First Impression:  Medium gold hue.  Moderate carbonation.  Smells dry, tannic, and rich.

Tasting Notes:  Completely dry.  Light bodied.  Moderate tartness.  High acidity.  Moderate to high tannins.  Hints of bitterness and funk.  No sourness.  Earthy notes of caramel, leather, butterscotch, lemon, butter, and floral.  Long tannic finish.  Low apple flavor and sessionability.  Moderate flavor intensity.  High complexity.

My Opinion:  I enjoyed it.  The tannins and flavor were great.  However, I would have preferred more sweetness and less acidity.  I’d love to see more tannic traditional ciders like this that are semi-dry instead of dry, as I think it brings out more flavor, and makes them more approachable.

Most Similar to:  very few ciders, as very few cideries are using such a high percentage of bittersweet & bittersharp cider apples in a cider (although it is getting more common, but usually they are blended with heirloom apples such that the bittersweet & bittersharp apple characteristics are muted)

Closing Notes:  my favorite Eve’s cider remains Rustica, but I’d love to see a slightly sweeter version of this or their Kingston Black

Have you tried Eve’s Scatterseed?  What did you think?

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Eve’s Cidery Rustica

Review of Eve’s Cidery Rustica, described as a traditional method semi-sweet sparkling cider.  It is my first time trying this one, but I’ve previously had their Beckhorn HollowAutumn’s Gold, and Kingston Black.

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Cider:  Rustica
Cidery:  Eve’s Cidery
Cidery Location:  Van Etten NY
ABV:  7.0%
Residual Sugar: 4.5%
How Supplied:  750ml corked & caged champagne bottles
Style:  American artisan cider from heirloom apples, naturally sparkling

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Availability:  Mostly in New York, but also in some other states, such as Pennsylvania, Washington DC, Massachusetts, and Delaware (and now, Washington).  They also have an online store (check for shipping availability for states besides New York).  358 cases of this vintage of Rustica were produced in 2015.

Cider Description:  On the nose, watermelon and coconut creamsicle moving into frozen strawberries on the palate. The finish, which is at first fresh and sweet. ends on a darker more savory note with drying tannin carrying the sweet fruit.

Made from cryo-concentrated juice, with secondary fermentation in the bottle.  More info on the cider is available here.

Apple Varieties:  75% Macoun, Empire, Liberty blend, estate grown.  18% MacIntosh, Steve Cummins, Ithaca, NY.  7% Wild harvested seedling.

Cidery Description:  Eve’s Cidery is a small family run orchard and cidery located in Van Etten, in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. We grow apples and other tree fruits and ferment artisanal ciders. We believe in nature, art, good food and hard work. These beliefs influence the way we farm, make cider and sell our product. We hope you can taste some of it in the bottle.

Their official tasting room is at the Finger Lakes Cider House in Interlaken New York.

Price:  $18
Where Bought:  Eve’s Cidery’s online store
Where Drank:  home
How Found:  Browsing Eve’s Cidery’s website, as they were having a free shipping offer in December.

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First Impression:  Medium straw yellow hue.  Moderate carbonation.  Smells sweet, and mildly of honey and fruit.

Tasting Notes:  On the drier side of semi-sweet.  Medium bodied, slightly syrupy, with a creamy texture.  Low tartness.  Low to moderate acidity.  Hints of tannins.  No sourness, funk, or bitterness.  Notes of honey, cream, vanilla, melon, strawberry, watermelon, pineapple, and peach.  Quick finish.  Moderate apple flavor, sessionability, flavor intensity, and complexity.

My Opinion:  Amazing!  I loved the creamy fruitiness.  Well balanced, easy to drink, and refreshing, yet it still had some complexity and heirloom apple flavor.  Its amazing so many flavors can be tasted without adding anything to the cider.

Most Similar to:  Alpenfire Spark (which had the heirloom apple flavor, sweetness, and carbonation, but no fruitiness) and Locust Vanilla Bean (which had the same creaminess, but it has added vanilla, is much sweeter, and didn’t have fruitiness)

Closing Notes:  Awesome complexity and an amazing value!  Its my favorite from them so far.  This would be great for new and experienced cider drinkers alike.  Too bad it isn’t available locally yet (I’ve only seen their Beckhorn Hollow).

Have you tried Eve’s Cidery Rustica?  What did you think?

Eve’s Cidery Autumn’s Gold

Review of Eve’s Cidery Autumn’s Gold.  It is my first time trying this cider, although I have previously had their Beckhorn Hollow.  I ordered a total of three bottles when they had their free shipping sale before the holidays.  They ended up having to ship it twice, as UPS broke the first shipment (after it made it all the way across the country to the Seattle facility).

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Cider:  Eve’s Cidery
Cidery:  Autumn’s Gold 2015
Cidery Location:  Van Etten NY
ABV:  7.5%
How Supplied:  750ml corked & caged bottles
Style:  American Artisan cider from cider apples, a mix of wild & added yeast, naturally sparkling

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Availability:  Mostly only in the Northeast, especially New York (see here), plus through their online store

Cider Description:  Apples on the orchard floor layered over aromas of toffee, dust, beeswax and hay lead to a muscular and embracing mid-palate with flavors of ripe red apple, wild mint and something animalistic. The finish is an interplay between sweet and bitter, the leathery tannin full and present amidst still ripe fruit and brown sugar.

This dry, tannic cider should be served at cellar temperature: ~ 55 degrees. Pair with nutty cheeses like cave aged cheddar, savory meats like Merguez sausage, and all manner of vegetables, especially grilled.

See here for some great detailed information on the cider, including the percentage breakdown of apple varieties.

Cidery Description:  The sun comes up, the sun sets, the rains come and go and the cold and the heat rotate around the years.  And that is as it has been for thousands of years here in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.  Somewhere, on the side of one of those hill sits our little cider orchard.

Sometimes, we marvel at our hard work: “I grafted those thousand trees, I grew those apples, I built that barn, I put up that trellis.” There is honed skill and hard labor involved in growing a crop, and making good cider. But in end, what makes what we do worth doing is a sense of the magic: in leaves absorbing sunlight, roots seeking minerals, raptors hunting mice and apples in the fall.

Here is a vintage of cider, which will never be repeated, reflecting the lives of trees in this one spot for this one year. Here are ciders that are elegant, feral, and mischievous. Here are ciders that surprise and transcend. We hope you enjoy them.

Their official tasting room is at the Finger Lakes Cider House in Interlaken New York.

Price:  $18
Where Bought:  their online store though Vino Shipper
Where Drank:  home
How Found:  their online store

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First Impression:  Dark straw yellow hue.  High carbonation.  Smells mild but apple-forward, of acidity, tannins, and a hint of funk.

Tasting Notes:  Dry to semi-dry (1.4% residual sugar).  Light bodied, with a frothy carbonated texture.  Moderate tartness.  High acidity.  Hints of bitterness and funk.  Low tannins.  No sourness.  Notes of lemon, peach, green apple, brown sugar, and mineral.  Moderate apple flavor.  Low sessionability.  Low flavor intensity.  Moderate complexity.

My Opinion:  This was nice, but a bit too dry, acidic, and subtle for my personal tastes.  I liked the fruitiness and carbonation.  I agree this is better closer to room than fridge temperature, as it cuts the acidity a bit.

Most Similar to:  Eve’s Beckhorn Hollow (although that was slightly sharper) and Eden Sparkling Dry

Closing Notes:  This is a well made cider-lover’s cider, and a great value!

Side Note:  UPS is not very alcohol-friendly, as you can’t have a package containing alcohol held at a UPS Store (like you can for any other signature required package).  So, if you like many folks work during typical delivery hours, you have to drive all the way out to the main facility (which is 45 minutes each way for me).

Have you tried Eve’s Cidery Autumn’s Gold?  What did you think?

Eve’s Cidery Beckhorn Hollow

Review of Eve’s Cidery Beckhorn Hollow.  Its the first time I’ve tried their cider.  I was surprised to see it in the store as I didn’t even know they distributed out here (I’ve heard of them online).  We don’t get too many East Coast ciders here in the Pacific Northwest (at least compared to WA & OR ciders).

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Cider:  Beckhorn Hollow
Cidery:  Eve’s Cidery
Cidery Location:  Van Etten, New York
ABV:  8.5%
How Supplied:  750 ml corked & caged champagne bottle
Style:  Craft cider made from heirloom apple varieties, methode champenoise style (naturally sparkling)

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Availability:  Mostly in New York, but also in some other states such as Pennsylvania, Washington DC, Massachusetts, and Delaware (and now, Washington).  They also have an online store (check for shipping availability for states besides New York).  310 cases of this vintage of this cider were produced in 2014.

Cider Description:  This extra dry cider is a blend of American cider apples and English heirloom varieties, with a focus on Golden Russet. The aroma starts off with sour dried apricots and a warm field and moves into something darker like green oak leaves and forest duff. The mouth feel is light and airy, dominated by bubbles and is followed by a burst of juicy acidity which brings out bright fruit in spite of the bone dryness. The finish is long and mouthwatering, reminiscent of limes.

On the nose, sweet aromas of bartlett pear, cream and raw honey. The mid palate is bright and bubbly with succulent fruit flavors of peaches and sour orange.  A tart and juicy finish ends in dry lemon pith. Residual Sugar 0.0%, Alc/Vol 8.9%, Titratable Acidity 9.7g/l, pH 3.5

Apple Varieties: A blend of aromatic, sharp and heirloom apples: Golden Russet, Wealthy, Wixson, Cox Orange Pippin, Northern Spy, Manchurian Crab, Spigold, Idared.

Cidery Description:  Eve’s Cidery is a small family run orchard and cidery located in Van Etten, in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. We grow apples and other tree fruits and ferment artisanal ciders. We believe in nature, art, good food and hard work. These beliefs influence the way we farm, make cider and sell our product. We hope you can taste some of it in the bottle.

All of our sparkling ciders are made using the Champagne Method. We harvest and press our apples as they mature from early September through November. We blend at the press based on harvest dates and pH for a healthy fermentation. After the primary fermentation in the fall, the ciders are racked and left to mature in stainless steel over the winter. In the early spring, we blend to find dynamism and synergy. The cider is then bottled with a liqueur de tirage, yeast and sugar, to initiate a secondary fermentation. In the cool cider barn, the secondary fermentation proceeds slowly, taking nearly 4 months to complete. The slow secondary fermentation is what creates tiny, persistent bubbles of unrivaled elegance which lift aromas out of the glass and impart a lively, creamy mouthfeel. After a period of rest we disgorge, eject the yeast, every bottle by hand and top it up with a dosage of cider.

Price:  $19
Where Bought:  Schilling Cider House in Seattle WA
Where Drank:  home
How Found:  Browsing.  I’ve been wanting to try cider from Eve’s and even considered ordering them online, but this is the first time I’ve seen them in the Seattle area, so it was an easy choice to pick it up.  This is the only Eve’s variety they had in the store.

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First Impression:  Medium straw yellow hue.  Moderate carbonation.  Smells mild, acidic, creamy, of citrus, earth, and green apples.

Tasting Notes:  Completely dry.  Medium bodied with a creamy and frothy texture.  Moderate tartness.  High acidity.  Low to moderate tannins.  Low bitterness.  No sourness or funk.  Notes of sharp crabapple bite, citrus (orange), peach, potato starch, honey, mineral, white grape, and yeast.  Moderate length finish.  Low apple flavor.  Low sessionability.  Moderate to high complexity.  Low flavor intensity.

My Opinion:  This is a very well made cider.  However, its not really my favorite type of cider (dry and sharp).  I knew that going into it, and mostly just wanted to give it a try.  I imagine this would be a great wine lovers cider.  My husband really liked it.

Most Similar to:  Snowdrift Semi DryLiberty Ciderworks New World Style, and Wandering Aengus Wickson, which are all dry and sharp.

Closing Notes:   I’m glad I got a chance to try this cider.  I’m curious if I’ll be able to find any other varieties from them locally; maybe something slightly sweeter and with bittersweet instead of bittersharp apple varieties (their Darling Creek sounds to my liking).

Have you tried anything from Eve’s Cidery?  What did you think?