Review of Tieton Cider Works Organic Hard Cider. It is my first time trying this, but I have had their Cidermaker’s Reserve, Apricot, Smoked Pumpkin, Wind (Pommeau), Wild Washington, Cherry, Blossom Nectar, Sparkling Perry, Cranberry, Bourbon Peach, Frost (ice cider), Spice Route, Russian Red, Lavender Honey, and Oak Barrel Aged Cider Summit Collaboration.
Cider: Organic Hard Cider
Cidery: Tieton Cider Works
Cidery Location: Yakima WA
How Supplied: six pack of 12oz cans
Style: American Organic craft cider
Availability: probably only in the Northwest
Cider Description: Dry and Crisp, made with 100% organic apples. Growing the fruit organically combines our farming tradition with being good stewards of the land we call home. This organic cider represents our heritage, the care that goes into the land and trees that produce it. It’s slightly tart but well balanced with a fruity nose.
Cidery Description: From our orchards to your glass, TCW controls every aspect of the growing and cidermaking process. TCW boasts the largest orchard of cider apple varieties in Washington state and the largest Perry pear orchard in the United States. We blend our cider fruit with all Washington apples. We’ve been growing apples, apricots, cherries and pears on Harmony Orchards – our family farm – since the 1930’s and are thrilled to be involved in Re:interpreting the tradition of cider making.
Price: ~$3 / can (runs ~ $9.99-11.99 / six pack)
Where Bought: The Cave in Kirkland WA
Where Drank: home
How Found: browsing; I had seen this before, but not singles
First Impression: Light amber hue. Still. Smells dry and apple-forward.
Tasting Notes: Dry to semi-dry. Light bodied. Low tartness and acidity. Hints of tannins. No bitterness, sourness, or funk. Notes of purely apple and apple juice with a hint of richness. Quick finish. High sessionability. Low flavor intensity and complexity. Moderate apple flavor.
My Opinion: I thought this was quite average. Plenty drinkable and a nice relatively easy to find in the NW drier cider option, but a tad bland, probably primarily due to the dryness and it presumably being at least mostly made from dessert apples, without any fruit/hops/spices/etc added.
Most Similar to: a drier plain apple flagship cider
Closing Notes: I was surprised to see Tieton start canning ciders, as I assumed they would keep that for their Rambling Route brand.
Have you tried Tieton Organic Apple? What did you think?