Style: Hard Cider (single varietial, Newtown Pippen)
Sampled: 22 oz. bottle (Full disclosure: sample provided by cidery).
Description:"Called "The Founding Apple," the Newtown Pippin apple has a long and historic tale. Newtown Pippin originated in 1730 by chance from a seed (or pip) near the village of Newtown on Long Island, NY. It quickly became a favorite of the colonists, including founding fathers George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. In fact, while visiting France, Jefferson stated 'They have no apples here to compare with our Newtown Pippin.' Our Newtown Pippin cyder is a single varietal cyder, mean that only juice from Newtown Pippin apples is used in the fermentation process. The apples were grown in Hood River, Oregon. The resulting cyder is dry and complex in flavor. Newtown Pippin apples make a very clear cyder which means minimal filtration is required." — Carlton Cyderworks
Random thoughts: We visited Carlton Cyderworks over Memorial Day weekend. While sampling their ciders, I learned that most are blends of several varieties of apple. Newtown Pippin is an exception and Carlton's description above is a great primer on the varietal used in this cider.
The tasting: Pale straw in color, clear, with light effervescence. Aroma of tart apple. Flavor of tart apple with some light grassy and woody notes. The tart apple, however, is front and center. Newtown Pippin is light bodied, lightly carbonated, and has an astringent mouth feel. It has little sweetness and is very dry throughout. The alcohol is not noticeable in aroma or flavor. It finishes with tart apple.
Rating: 4 star. Really Good! I want this again! I can usually only drink one cider due to the high level of sweetness that most contain. However, this is very dry and I could easily drink more than one. I've also taken a liking to sour beers, so the high pucker factor of Newtown Pippin appeals to me. Besides, if this was good enough for George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, it's good enough for me!
Have you tried Newtown Pippin or any other ciders from Carlton Cyderworks? What are your favorite ciders?