Review of Centre Ring Reserve Pear, made by Pear UP (previously NV Cider, Neigel Vintners). I tried this perry at an event last year (see here). I’ve also had Pear UP’s Pear Essentials, Half Past Prudent, Cherry Perry, Watermelon Perry, Watermelon Raspberry Perry, Raspberry Perry, Pearjito Colada, Pearfect Pie, and Pineapple Pear.
Note that in the U.S., “perry” is fermented pear juice, and “pear cider” is a fermented apple juice-based cider with pear juice for flavor. However, elsewhere (such as in the UK), they don’t really do pear-flavored apple cider, and use “perry” only for the fermented juice of specialty perry pear varieties, and “pear cider” is for fermented common (dessert) pear juice.
Cider: Reserve Pear
Cidery: Centre Ring (whose perry & cider are made by Pear UP)
Cidery Location: Wenatchee WA
How Supplied: 750ml bottles
Style: American craft perry
Availability: very limited, likely only in WA
Cider Description: After World War II, Kevin and Mark’s grandfather planted a small pear orchard in the Wenatchee Valley. Upon taking over the family orchard, they discovered that the native pear varieties provided a uniquely light and flavorful finish. Clean and honest flavors can be found throughout all their ciders, bringing simple gestures from the complex art of cider making without the weight of syrupy sugars. Join them in drinking the award-winning spoils of their harvest and the flavor of tradition.
Cidery Description: Centre Ring expands outside selling spirits, wines, and craft beverages. We also represent select artisan foods, products, and reserves in addition to our alcohol selections. We want to bring the experience of the homemade and personal touch of these products to everyone in the area. We are including local cheese makers, bakers, jam & jellies, pickles, jerky, and much more from our local communities. The key to building out your brand to reach consumers is to know what they are looking for. We study and follow industry trends and practices to help target the widest audience possible. Each individual product has its own small directions that make them unique. However, we are beginning to see the lines between them blur as consumers are looking for new and different tastes to suit their needs
Where Bought: Schilling Cider House in Seattle WA
Where Drank: home
How Found: a WA Cider Week 2017 preview event (see here)
First Impression: Clear hue with a hint of pink. Very low carbonation with some foam. Smells of pear with a hint of fruitiness.
Tasting Notes: Semi-dry. Light to medium bodied. Low tartness and acidity. Hints of sourness. No bitterness, tannins, or funk. Notes of canned & dried pear and pear juice, with hints of strawberry and vinegar. Quick finish. Moderate pear flavor. Low to moderate complexity. Low overall flavor intensity. High sessionability.
My Opinion: I liked this perry when I tried it previously. However, due to the hint of vinegar, this time I wasn’t a fan. I believe this was a bad batch; unfortunately this happens sometimes.
Most Similar to: a drier more complex version of Pear UP’s Pear Essentials perry
Closing Notes: Centre Ring appears to be an interesting brand, bringing together various local producers of all sorts of products. As of this post, they have this perry as well as a cider from Pear UP, plus beer, wine, spirits, and lots more made by other producers.
Have you tried perry? What did you think?