Review of North Idaho Cider’s Wild Cherry. It is my first time trying this one, but I’ve had their Logger cider.
Cider: Wild Cherry Dry Hard Cider
Cidery: North Idaho Cider
Cidery Location: Coeur d’Alene ID
How Supplied: 22oz bottles (and draft)
Style: American craft cider from dessert apples with cherries
Availability: At least in Idaho and Washington, plus they have an online store
Cider Description: The 1st fruit of summer. Deep in color, rich in flavor; this hard cider displays how satisfying a freshly picked cherry can be less the pit! A subtle fruity sweetness is balanced with a tart and refreshing finish–the perfect pairing for all that North Idaho has to offer this time of year.
Cidery Description: Inspired by the adventurous lifestyle and heritage that sets our region apart, North Idaho Cider crafts cider to be dry, crisp and refreshing. Using Northwest grown ingredients–no artificial sulfites or preservatives. It’s hard. It’s real. It’s natural–like North Idaho, there’s nothing else like it!
They started in 2014, and have a tasting room in Hayden Idaho.
Where Bought: Total Wine
Where Drank: home
How Found: Browsing. It was my first time seeing their cider in a store.
First Impression: Slightly hazy pink-red hue. Nearly still (very low carbonation). Smells very mildly fruity.
Tasting Notes: Semi-dry. Light to medium bodied. Moderate tartness and acidity. Low bitterness. No sourness, funk, or tannins. Notes of cranberry, grapefruit, pomegranate, cherry, and lemon. Moderate to long slightly bitter finish. Low apple flavor. Moderate to high flavor intensity. Moderate complexity. Moderate sessionability.
My Opinion: I liked this. However, the flavor was a bit weird; I tasted more cranberry & grapefruit than cherry flavor. The flavor intensity was higher than average for a semi-dry cider, and it had a bit more complexity, both of which were nice.
Most Similar to: Nothing I’ve tried. Most similar fruity ciders are sweeter too.
Closing Notes: I’m interested in trying some of their other ciders.
Have you tried North Idaho Cider? What did you think?