Far West Cider Orchard Blend No. 1

Review of Far West Cider’s Orchard Blend No. 1.  I’ve previously sampled a different vintage of this cider (see here), plus Far West’s San Joaquin Sparkler.  I got this bottle through Press Then Press, a new online cider store focusing on small batch ciders.  I got a sneak peak, but they are planning to launch late Aug / early Sept 2019; sign up for e-mails to be first in the know.

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>>This is a review of a sample bottle provided to Cider Says by Press Then Press.  Although I will take care to treat it the same as any other review, there is always the potential for bias as I received it for free.  The only consideration I knowingly made was pushing this up in my cider review cue.  I love free stuff, especially cider!  Want your cider or cider-related product reviewed here?  Contact me.<<

Cider:  Orchard Blend No. 1
Cidery:  Far West Cider Co.
Cidery Location:  Richmond CA
ABV:  6.5%
How Supplied:  750ml bottles
Style:  American craft cider from dessert apples

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Availability:  only though Press Then Press (which ships to 43/50 states), unless you happen to be at a specific store in California

Distributor Description:  Don’t taste the same, taste the difference!  Press Then Press – Farm to you small batch cider.  We focus on small batch and hard to find cider.  Please visit our curated online store!  We are a mom and pop who wanted more fine cider available to everyone (over 21), so we started this up.  Press Then Press will email you when a fine cider is available for purchase.  If you want it, visit our site and purchase it!  Pick up your cider in Seattle, or we ship to you.  Sign up with your email to be included on future available ciders.  You will hear about it first!  1)Press the fruit  then  2) Press the order button

Cider Description:  This cider uses a combination of GoldRush, Cripps Pink and Granny Smith apples grown on Chinchiolo Family Farms. It is fermented with Champagne yeast at very low temperatures and aged to develop more complexity than your typical cider. Fruit-forward, sparkling, and just barely semi-sweet with great acid balance

Cidery Description:  Californian ciders from a 4th generation family farm in San Joaquin County.

Price:  $15
Where Bought:  n/a
Where Drank:  home
How Found:  originally browsing when in a bottle shop in San Francisco CA, now through Press Then Press

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First Impression:  Light straw yellow hue.  Low carbonation.  Smells mild, tart.

Tasting Notes:  On the drier side of semi-dry.  Light to medium bodied.  Moderate tartness.  Moderate to high acidity.  Hints of bitterness and tannins.  No sourness or funk.  Notes of green apple, lemon, pineapple, and honey.  Moderate length tart finish.  Low to moderate apple flavor, complexity, and overall flavor intensity.  High sessionability.

My Opinion:  I liked it.  Tasty and easy to drink.  This perceives a bit drier (less sweet) than the last vintage I tried, possibly because it is more tart & acidic than that version.  Overall I’d expect this to have wide appeal.

Most Similar to:  Seattle Cider Semi-Sweet and Scandinavian Green Apple Craft Cider

Closing Notes:  I look forward to trying the other ciders in Press Then Press‘ introductory lineup.  Their website is well laid out and informative, making the order process easy, and providing access to unique ciders which otherwise wouldn’t be available to most folks.

Have you tried Far West Cider?  What did you think?

Greenwood Lingonberry

Review of Greenwood Cider’s Lingonberry.  It is my first time trying this, but I’ve had their HuckleberrySweet Orange CinnamonCedar Cider, Lavender Blackberry, Cherry, Red River Wolf CrabBlush, and Peach varieties.  I got this through Press Then Press, a new online cider store focusing on small batch ciders.  I got a sneak peak, but they are planning to launch late Aug / early Sept 2019; sign up for e-mails to be first in the know.

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>>This is a review of a sample bottle provided to Cider Says by Press Then Press.  Although I will take care to treat it the same as any other review, there is always the potential for bias as I received it for free.  The only consideration I knowingly made was pushing this up in my cider review cue.  I love free stuff, especially cider!  Want your cider or cider-related product reviewed here?  Contact me.<<

Cider:  Lingonberry
Cidery:  Greenwood Cider
Cidery Location:  Seattle WA
ABV:  7.8%
How Supplied:  500ml bottles
Style:  American craft cider with lingonberries

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Availability:  only though Press Then Press (which ships to 43/50 states), unless you happen to be at a specific store in Western Washington

Distributor Description:  Don’t taste the same, taste the difference!  Press Then Press – Farm to you small batch cider.  We focus on small batch and hard to find cider.  Please visit our curated online store!  We are a mom and pop who wanted more fine cider available to everyone (over 21), so we started this up.  Press Then Press will email you when a fine cider is available for purchase.  If you want it, visit our site and purchase it!  Pick up your cider in Seattle, or we ship to you.  Sign up with your email to be included on future available ciders.  You will hear about it first!  1)Press the fruit  then  2) Press the order button

Cider Description:  A Scandinavian staple, the lingonberry can also be found in parts of the Pacific Northwest in wild and domesticated forms. A relative of blueberries and cranberries, these small bright-red berries add tartness and a little color. Skål!

Cidery Description:  Andy and Ryan Short (yep, brothers) and Marshall Petryni of Greenwood Cider make their cider in Seattle! They got their start with apples leftover from a CSA that didn’t get picked up. A few fermenting sessions later, they were selling their ciders & Greenwood Cider was born. Nowadays the fruit supply they work with is more consistent, and it shows up in the two ciders we are featuring. Something I really enjoy about these guys is their sense of humor and style. And that sometimes you need a cider with breakfast.

Price:  ~ $10.50
Where Bought:  n/a
Where Drank:  home
How Found:  through Press Then Press

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First Impression:  Pink-red hue.  Low carbonation.  Smells of tart berry.

Tasting Notes:  Dry to semi-dry.  Light bodied.  Moderate to high tartness and acidity.  Hints of bitterness and tannins.  No sourness or funk.  Notes of berry, lemon, green apple, and floral.  Quick finish.  Low to moderate flavor intensity and complexity.  Moderate sessionability.  Low apple flavor.

My Opinion:  I liked it, although it was drier and the flavor was milder than I prefer.  My husband was a bigger fan, as this is his kind of cider.

Most Similar to:  other drier tart berry or currant ciders, like others Greenwood has made, or Swift Marrionberry

Closing Notes:  I look forward to trying the other ciders in Press Then Press‘ introductory lineup.  Their website is well laid out and informative, making the order process easy, and providing access to unique ciders which otherwise wouldn’t be available to most folks.

Have you tried Greenwood cider?  What did you think?

Applegarden Farm Cider

Review of Applegarden Farm’s flagship cider.  It is my first time trying anything from this cidery.  I was introduced through Press Then Press, a new online cider store focusing on small batch ciders.  I got a sneak peak, but they are planning to launch late Aug / early Sept 2019; sign up for e-mails to be first in the know.

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>>This is a review of a sample bottle provided to Cider Says by Press Then Press.  Although I will take care to treat it the same as any other review, there is always the potential for bias as I received it for free.  The only consideration I knowingly made was pushing this up in my cider review cue.  I love free stuff, especially cider!  Want your cider or cider-related product reviewed here?  Contact me.<<

Cider:  Hard Cider
Cidery:  Applegarden Farm
Cidery Location:  Tomales CA
ABV:  7.0%
How Supplied:  500ml bottles
Style:  American craft heritage cider from estate-grown heirloom apples

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Availability:  only though Press Then Press (which ships to 43/50 states), unless you happen to be at a specific store in one of a few cities in Northern California

Distributor Description:  Don’t taste the same, taste the difference!  Press Then Press – Farm to you small batch cider.  We focus on small batch and hard to find cider.  Please visit our curated online store!  We are a mom and pop who wanted more fine cider available to everyone (over 21), so we started this up.  Press Then Press will email you when a fine cider is available for purchase.  If you want it, visit our site and purchase it!  Pick up your cider in Seattle, or we ship to you.  Sign up with your email to be included on future available ciders.  You will hear about it first!  1)Press the fruit  then  2) Press the order button

Cider Description:  We decided on a “farmstead cider” which would contain only the apples grown on our farm…We developed our flavor profile to complement the many artisan cheese makers and oyster farmers in our own local area: it’s fairly dry with only a hint of apple “notes,” with a very slight bit of carbonation. It’s an honest and unpretentious beverage, designed for casual or picnic events with an alcohol content of 7%.

Cidery Description:  What a sweet story! Jan & Louis Lee retired and started making cider. They grow the fruit on their land in Tomales, CA in Marin County. The apples and their farm are certified organic.

Price:  ~ $12
Where Bought:  n/a
Where Drank:  home
How Found:  through Press Then Press

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First Impression:  Light gold hue.  Nearly still (very low carbonation).  Smells of dry tart cider from heirloom apples.

Tasting Notes:  On the drier side of semi-dry.  Light bodied.  Moderate to high tartness and acidity.  Low tannins.  Hints of bitterness.  No sourness or funk.  Notes of rich tart apple juice and pomace, lemon, and hints of leather, cork, and leather.  Moderate length tannic finish.  Moderate apple flavor, complexity, flavor intensity, and sessionability.

My Opinion:  Great!  I enjoyed the rich tart tannic flavor and that it wasn’t completely dry like so many heritage ciders are.  Between that and the clean flavor (no sourness or funk), it would be a great introductory heritage cider.

Most Similar to:  Alpenfire Foxwhelp SV, Eden Siren Song, Liberty Hewes Crab SV, and E.Z. Orchards Williamette Valley

Closing Notes:  I look forward to trying the other ciders in Press Then Press‘ introductory lineup.  Their website is well laid out and informative, making the order process easy, and providing access to unique ciders which otherwise wouldn’t be available to most folks.

Have you tried Applegarden Farm cider?  What did you think?