Whiskey Barrel Cider Co. Triple Play

Review of Whiskey Barrel Cider Company’s Triple Play.  It is my first time trying this, but I previously had their Dam Fine Cider.

Cider:  Triple Play
Cidery:  Whiskey Barrel Cider Company
Cidery Location:  Pullman WA
ABV:  5.1%
How Supplied:  16oz cans
Style:  American craft cider from dessert apples

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Availability:  likely only in Washington

Cider Description:  Triple Play began as our summer seasonal but quickly became so popular that we decided to keep it around all year long. Made from Gala, Red and Golden Delicious apples, Triple Play is our sweetest cider. Enjoy it as you remember the long hot days of summer!

Cidery Description:  Former engineer Trent Maier developed the recipe for Whiskey Barrel Cider and approached his friend and fellow engineer, Brian Augdahl, about the idea of building a space to create the recipe using local, Washington grown apples. The operation began with one delicious cider and has since developed into the creation of several signature ciders with the taste of Washington apples in every sip.

Price:  probably $2-4 / 1 can
Where Bought:  I think either Total Wine in Northgate, or The Cave in Kirkland
Where Drank:  home
How Found:  browsing

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First Impression:  Medium amber hue.  Very low carbonation.  A bit of foam.  Smells simply of sweet apple juice.

Tasting Notes:  On the drier side of semi-sweet.  Light to medium bodied.  Low tartness and acidity.  No bitterness, sourness, funk, or tannins.  Notes of just apple juice, although less sweet / a bit watered down.  Quick finish.  High sessionability and apple flavor.  Moderate flavor intensity.  Very low complexity.

My Opinion:  I enjoyed it.  Super easy to drink and all around likable, although fairly simple.  It tastes what I imagine folks who have not tried cider would expect all ciders to taste like, of alcoholic apple juice, although this is less sweet than straight apple juice.  From the color and flavor, I’m guessing they made a high ABV dry cider, then back-sweetened with a fair bit of apple juice.

Most Similar to:  A less sweet and higher quality version of some popular commercial ciders, like Angry Orchard Crisp Apple and Woodchuck Amber.

Side Note:  After first trying their cider, I learned that their name came about as their first cider was whiskey barrel aged, but they have since scaled up production, and last I heard, none of their current cider line-up is whiskey barrel aged.

Closing Notes:  Hopefully I find more ciders from them soon.  I can see why this would be popular, as it is super apple forward and on the sweeter end, but less sweet (and higher quality and more local) than most commercial options.

Have you tried Whiskey Barrel Cider Co. Triple Play?  What did you think?

Spotlight on Washington Cideries

It took some digging, but here is an attempt at a current list of all cideries in Washington state and a bit of info on each.  We sure have quite the cider region here!  I found quite a few I hadn’t heard of (some are very small, such as one cider variety at a winery).  Looks like I have plenty of new ciders to try!  Let me know if I missed any or there is any mis-information.

Alpenfire Cider (Port Townsend) – Organic, numerous varieties, tasting room
Attila Hard Apple Cider (Ellensberg) – two varieties
Chelan Gold / Lake Chelan Hard Cider (Lake Chelan) – one variety
Cockrell Hard Ciders (Puyallup) – three varieties
Core Hero Hard Cider (Edmonds) – two varieties
Country Elegance at Hard Cider Shed (Cashmere) – four varieties, tasting room
D’s Wicked Cider (Kennewick) – two varieties
Dragon’s Head Cider (Vashon Island) – four varieties, tasting room
Eaglemount Wine & Cider (Port Townsend) – numerous varieties, mead & wine too, tasting room, online store
Elemental Hard Cider (Woodinville) – four varieties, tasting room
Finnriver Farm & Cidery (Chimacum) – numerous varieties, fruit wines & farm venue too, tasting room, online store
Grizzly Ciderworks (Woodinville) – four varieties, tasting room
Honey Moon Mead & Cider (Bellingham) – one variety (CiderHead), tasting room
Irvine’s Vintage Cider at Vashon Winery (Vashon Island) – one variety, tasting room, online store
Jester & Judge Cider Co. (Stevenson) – three varieties
Liberty Ciderworks (Spokane) – numerous varieties, tasting room
Locust Cider (Woodinville) – four varieties, tasting room
Methow Valley Ciderhouse (Winthrop) – four varieties, tasting room
Nashi Orchards (Vashon Island) – numerous varieties, tasting room
Neigel Vintners (NV) Cider (East Wenatchee) – five varieties
Number 6 Cider (Seattle) – numerousvarieties, tasting room
One Tree Hard Cider (Spokane) – five varieties
Orondo Ciderworks (Orando) – three varieties, tasting room
Rockridge Orchard & Cidery (Enumclaw) – numerous varieties, tasting room (including other ciders)
Schilling Cider Co. (Seattle) – numerous varieties, tasting room (including other ciders)
Seattle Cider Co. (Seattle) – numerous varieties, tasting room
Sixknot Cider (Twisp) – numerous varieties
Snowdrift Cider Co. (East Wenatchee) – numerous varieties, tasting room
Spire Mountain, part of Fish Brewing (Olympia) – four varieties, tasting room (Brew Pub)
Three Knees (Snohomish) – four varieties, tasting room in works
Tieton Cider (and Rambling Route) (Tieton) – numerous varieties, tasting room
Twilight Cider Works (Spokane) – numerous varieties, tasting room
Twin Peaks, from Phillippi Fruit (Wenatchee) – three varieties, tasting room
Westcott Bay Cider (San Juan Island) – three varieties, tasting room, online store
Whiskey Barrel Cider Co. (Pullman) – numerous varieties, tasting room
Whitewood Cider Co. (Olympia) – numerous varieties, tasting room, online store

Sources:  Cyder Market, Northwest Cider