Scrumpditty (3) - - JUL 4, 2013
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a very light golden color; very lively appearance with lots of carbonation. Looks a lot like champagne or sparkling Chardonnay (hints the name Charred Ordinary Iím sure).
Not much in the nose, but pleasant with a light apple scent. If I didnít pour it myself, Iíd feel like I was about to have a glass of sparkling wine.
Hits the palate with bubbly crispness followed immediately with a wave of dry, tart cider. Very light body. Itís all apple taste here folks, not even a hint of any back sweetener. It doesnít need it. Light, refreshing, crisp, tart, and freaking delicious!
Hands down, best hard cider Iíve encountered and Iíve tried many American and European ciders. Iím very fortunate to live in Richmond, where itís made, so there are several retail outlets locally. Otherwise, Iíd be paying a hefty price to import this amazing cider.
Charred Ordinary is by far my favorite, but of course Iím a big dry cider fan. If you like your cider a bit on the sweeter side, try their Aragon 1904. Still, no back sweetener used, but it is quite a bit sweeter simply from their use of different apple varieties.
My recommendation, try both! Cheers!
vlan1 (212) - Eastern Shore, Maryland, USA - FEB 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle poured into sniffer. Pours a pale golden blonde. Nose is Apple juice and faint vinegar. Taste is dry tart granny Smith with vinegar and champagne notes. Smooth slightly viscous mouthfeel. Very excellent tart and artisinal cider
Kinz (3459) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Richmond 20th, thanks Tia! Very, very pale yellow. Light green apple aroma. Tart apple flavor. Really quite nice, very tart.
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by tia & HopTsing at the 20th Richmond Gathering. Pours a very pale yellow color. Aroma of tart apples, earth, mild tannins. The taste is very tart apples, earth. Medium bodied, definitely highlighting the tartness here.
Butters (3942) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the Richmond 20th Gathering. Clean clear near water colored pour with no head. Nose slightly stinky when it first pours, but as it breathes, it gets better. Extremely tart and dry. Possibly the tartest Iíve ever had. Iím certain this is a very fantastic cider, but for my personal palate, it is not something Iíve quite acquired the taste for yet.
HopTsing (449) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the bottle poured a nearly clear white cider with nearly no carbonation. Very dry and fruity aroma and taste.
tia (1141) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JUN 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Very pale, effervescent. Smells faintly of sour green apple, almost rubbery- very light. Very tart.