Our grey and brown have been briefly changed with a gorgeous layer of snow, and because it’s beginning to soften snow is predicted to blanket the area once more between Tuesday and Wednesday. We’ve not gotten many snows of substance this yr, so I’ve to confess that a part of me is rooting for a large enough snow to really feel totally transformative to the panorama. It is all the time no less than a bit of bit tense within the grey ready hours for snowfall. Greater than that although, I need people to be protected and heat. Snow could also be enjoyable for me, however it’s critical for loads of folks. Within the meantime, I’m excited to share some notes on Greenwood Cider Co.’s Barrel-Aged Dry.
In my earlier evaluations of Washington state’s Greenwood Cider Co., I’ve included a little bit of extra background on the cidery. Right here, I’ll quote Greenwood’s web site to make use of their phrases of introduction.
Unfiltered cider made the exhausting means. Based within the Greenwood neighborhood of Seattle in 2015, we flip waste into useful resource[s] by making cider from forgotten and foraged fruits picked from across the metropolis and deep inside the Pacific Northwest forest. That method continues at the moment. Along with the extra customary Washington apples, we use apples from native farms, small homesteads, and deserted orchards. We press and produce every thing within the metropolis, retaining our fingers on the method from begin to end and the cider as native as doable. It is an uncompromising mix of recent tastes and conventional cidermaking.
I’ve reviewed a number of Greenwood Cider Co. ciders earlier than. Right here’s the quick checklist.
Kingston Black: http://alongcameacider.blogspot.com/2021/01/cider-review-greenwood-cider-kingston.html
Black Currant Asian Pear: http://alongcameacider.blogspot.com/2018/05/very-perry-may-review-of-greenwood.html
I like to recommend visiting Greenwood Cider on the net to study all that this firm has occurring: https://www.greenwoodcider.com/
Right here’s how Greenwood Cider Co. describes the Barrel-Aged Dry.
Our signature Dry Cider mix aged for six months in bourbon barrels. Engaging aromas of inexperienced plums and vanilla are adopted by vibrant apple acidity with a dry oak end. 8.5% ABV.
Look: good, medium depth heat straw, no seen bubbles
This mellow cider simply seems tremendously inviting. I don’t see any bubbles, however I do see large brilliance and a stunning heat straw coloration.
Aromas: barrel, hay, apple core, spicy peppers
This cider’s six months in bourbon barrels reveals up emphatically within the cider’s aroma. The Barrel-Aged dry smells like butterscotch, cooked apples, apple core, and breadcrumbs. Secondarily, I discover notes of hay, scorching peppers, rubber, and different parts which might be both aquatic, or sharp and boozy. It’s a fancy array of inviting and wild smells.
Dryness/sweetness: off dry/dry
Greenwood Cider Firm has nearly actually launched an really dry cider, however barrel getting older can introduce scents and flavors that may complicate the notion of sweetness. There’s sufficient ambiance of butterscotch, maple and cooked fruit that it’s exhausting for me to totally respect the dryness of the cider.
Flavors and ingesting expertise: butterscotch, plum pudding, barrel, spicy, maple
The tall one stated instantly that ingesting this cider reminds him of plum pudding with raisins and exhausting sauce. That’s not an expertise I’ve had, so I can’t communicate to the affiliation. To me, the Barrel-Aged Dry tastes like butterscotch. It’s so very barrel aged that it doesn’t style totally dry. There are sufficient dessert notes that come from the apple and the barrel that don’t even depend on precise sweetness to connote butterscotch, applesauce, and maple syrup.
That’s not all that I’m noticing although. The cider additionally tastes spicy with notes scorching peppers like I detected within the aromas. The cider has excessive tannins and medium excessive acidity and a robust alcohol presence. The cider is warming with prickly bubbles. I like how this complicated cider ends with a perfumed end and a phenolic edge. It’s by no means only one factor!
Greenwood Cider Co. has created one thing each attention-grabbing and attractive with the Barrel-Aged Dry! I loved mine with vegetarian borscht: a seasonal traditional in my home.