Oregon Mead & Cider Free Press Cyser

Review of Oregon Mead & Cider’s Free Press Cyser (a cross between cider & mead).  It is my first time trying this, although I’ve had their Dry and Hopped ciders, and I’ve had cyser from EaglemountFinnriver, Moonlight (Last Apple and How Do You Like Them Apples), and Stem (Blood Orange).  Note that Oregon Mead & Cider used to be called Stung Fermented.

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Cider:  Free Press Cyser
Cidery:  Oregon Mead & Cider
Cidery Location:  Portland OR
ABV:  6.5%
How Supplied:  500ml bottles
Style:  American craft cyser (apples + honey)

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Availability:  Year round in Oregon, Washington, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Georgia

Cider Description:  Hard Cider Made Easy. Our ciders were born from the bounty of the Northwest and the pioneering spirit of our grandparents. A perfect balance of dry and tart, our ciders are made by the people, for the people. Press on.

Cidery Description:  Our award-winning dry, sparkling meads and ciders are naturally gluten free, and we treat our Pacific Northwest honey and apple juice with respect: we never boil, filter, or add sulfites.

They were founded in 2013 and have a tasting room.

Price:  $7.99
Where Bought:  The Cave in Kirkland WA
Where Drank:  home
How Found:  Browsing

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First Impression:  Moderate carbonation.  Dark straw yellow hue.  Smells acidic and mildly of honey.

Tasting Notes:  Semi-dry to dry.  Light bodied.  Carbonated mouthfeel.  Very high acid.  Moderate to high tartness.  Hints of sourness and bitterness.  No tannins or funk.  Notes of honey, citrus, and floral.  Long beer-like finish (my husband said it was like a Kolsch).  Moderate apple and honey flavor.  Low to moderate flavor intensity, sessionability, and complexity.

My Opinion:  I thought it was pretty average.  Refreshing, but a bit mouth-puckering.  Its not really a style I enjoy, but everyone has different tastes.

Most Similar to:  Not much.  All the other cysers I’ve tried have been much sweeter.  I have sampled some drier meads before, but I usually like my beverages more full-flavored, so for mead I tend towards sweeter ones.  It reminds me a bit however of Angry Orchard Walden Hollow.

Closing Notes:  I’ve now tried their current full cider lineup, and to be honest, I don’t think they are for me (although my favorite of the three was the Hopped).  If you like a dry, acidic, and more heavily carbonated cider (or mead), give them a try.

Have you tried cyser?  What did you think?

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Oregon Mead & Cider Co. Free Press Hopped Cider

Review of Oregon Mead & Cider Company’s Free Press Hopped Cider.  It is my first time trying this cider, although I tried their Dry variety the night before.

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Cider:  Free Press Hopped Cider
Cidery:  Oregon Mead & Cider Company
Cidery Location:  Portland Oregon
ABV:  6.5%
How Supplied:  500ml bottles
Style:  American craft cider, with hops

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Availability:  Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington, and Wisconsin

Cider Description:  Hard Cider Made Easy. Our ciders were born from the bounty of the Northwest and the pioneering spirit of our grandparents. A perfect balance of dry and tart, our ciders are made by the people, for the people. Press on.

Cidery Description:  Oregon Mead & Cider Co. creates award-winning, dry, sparkling meads and ciders from premium Northwest ingredients. All of our beverages are gluten-free, unfiltered, and completely dry. Oh, and we never use sulfites. Ever.

They have a tasting room in Portland (see here).

Price:  $6.99
Where Bought:  The Cave in Kirkland WA
Where Drank:  home
How Found:  Browsing.  It was my first time seeing anything from this brand, although I had heard of them.

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First Impression:  Light amber hue.  Moderate carbonation with a large amount of foam.  Smells apple-forward, of hops with a hint of peach.

Tasting Notes:  Semi-dry.  Light bodied with a frothy texture.  Low tartness.  Moderate acidity.  Moderate bitterness.  Low tannins.  No sourness or bitterness.  Notes of hops, lemon, grapefruit, yeast, and a hint of floral & honey.  Moderate length finish.  Low to moderate flavor intensity and complexity.  Low apple flavor.  Moderate sessionability.

My Opinion:  I liked the level of carbonation, the frothy texture, and the flavor profile.  However, the bitterness was a bit much for me.  Like the Dry, it seemed a bit beer-like.

Most Similar to:  Double Mountain Jumpin Jack Heirloom Cider and Oregon Mead & Cider Company’s Free Press Dry Cider

Closing Notes:  I liked this much better than their Dry cider, which I though had a strange flavor profile.

Have you tried Oregon Mead & Cider Company’s Free Press Hopped Cider?  What did you think?

Oregon Mead & Cider Co. Free Press Dry Cider

Review of Oregon Mead & Cider Company’s Free Press Dry Cider.  It is my first time trying any of their cider.

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Cider:  Free Press Dry Cider
Cidery:  Oregon Mead & Cider Company
Cidery Location:  Portland Oregon
ABV:  6.5%
How Supplied:  500ml bottles
Style:  American craft cider

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Availability:  Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington, and Wisconsin

Cider Description:  Hard Cider Made Easy. Our ciders were born from the bounty of the Northwest and the pioneering spirit of our grandparents. A perfect balance of dry and tart, our ciders are made by the people, for the people. Press on.

Cidery Description:  Oregon Mead & Cider Co. creates award-winning, dry, sparkling meads and ciders from premium Northwest ingredients. All of our beverages are gluten-free, unfiltered, and completely dry. Oh, and we never use sulfites. Ever.

They have a tasting room in Portland (see here).

Price:  $6.99
Where Bought:  The Cave in Kirkland WA
Where Drank:  home
How Found:  Browsing.  It was my first time seeing anything from this brand, although I had heard of them.

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First Impression:  Light amber hue.  Moderate carbonation with a large amount of foam (the photo above was about 30 seconds after pouring).  Smells mild, apple-forward and of peach.

Tasting Notes:  Semi-dry to dry.  Light bodied with a frothy texture.  Low tartness.  Moderate acidity.  Low bitterness.  Hints of tannins.  No sourness or bitterness.  Notes of yeast, peach, and a hint of hops.  Quick finish.  Low flavor intensity, complexity, and apple flavor.  Moderate sessionability.

My Opinion:  I liked the level of carbonation and the frothy texture.  However, the hint of hops and flavor profile was odd, and I didn’t really like the bitterness.  It was almost beer-like.

Most Similar to:  Double Mountain Jumpin Jack Heirloom Cider

Closing Notes:  I also picked up this cidery’s hopped cider (the only other cider from the cidery the bottle shop had).

Have you tried Oregon Mead & Cider Company’s Free Press Dry Cider?  What did you think?