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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.4/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Golden, still, dry, redolent of muskmelon, orange peel, flowers, bittersweet apple, romance. Made from the temperamental Kingston Black apple, long treasured abroad as a single-variety cider fruit for its rare balance of tannin, sugar, and acid. Lovely on its own or as a flattering companion to food. Newly added to the wine lists of the following New York restaurants: Craft, Chanterelle, The Harrison, and Jean-Georges. PRODUCTION LIMITED TO 100 CASES.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeremytoni (2926) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2012
From a bottle poured a copper color with no head. Light dry bitter flavor with a lingering finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jredmond (5029) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 17, 2012
Sampled at 61 Local with Linh during cider week NYC 2012. Pours a clear watery body with light golden tint. Aroma is dry apple, light fruit skin, light funk. Mouthfeel is light with notes of apple, funk - very light overall. Delicate and refined.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 15/20
obguthr (3438) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 22, 2012
Apple nose, phenolic. Shimmering yellow, still. Vinous. Dry, good quality. Aimilar to a pinot grigio.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (7945) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 15, 2012
750 mL bottle from Beer Run. Pours a clear golden color with no head. Aroma of tart apples, floral notes, vanilla. The taste is tart apples, dry tannic notes and a bit of a smoky note. Medium bodied. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7788) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 2, 2012
2010 batch. Pours clear and still with a golden hue. Some alcohol legs, but mild. Aromas are a bit sulfury and quite dry. Light to medium acidity, mild esters. Medium-dry apple, floral notes. Flavors are dry and sulfury, rich tannin, medium acidity and somewhat thin. A bit of a crackery note. Tannic, mild floral notes. Still.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilBeerDoctor (3370) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2011
Bottle. Pours a clear light yellow with no carbonation (of course). Aroma of light apple, cinnamon, light hay. Flavor is tart apple up front, some oak barrel, light sugar. More sour than I expected but itís all good. Also, not much difference between still cider vs. carbonated (it was my first example of a still cider, which is why I comment). Overall a tasty cider, very drinkable too. 7/4/8/4/15 [3.8/5]

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2011
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. poured clear yellow. aroma was butter, honey, and citrus. flavor was what I was perceiving to be pear with a light and dry body.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2011
Pouring at the Applepalooza event at the Astor Center. Pours a clear gold. Dry apples and tart skin up front. Dry and soft, light warming alcohol peeks through, accompanied by a gentle acid. Very subtle, light acid. Touch of apples and alcohol warmth. Tasty, but a bit dull.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3126) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 7, 2011
750mL Bottle, poured at Cider Days 2011 - Cheese and Cider Tasting. Finally got to try this cider that I refuse to pay $20 for. Almost vinous, sulfury nose. Dry super-tart and white-wine like. Another example of still, austere cider thatís meant to play like wine and go well with food. Itís starting to be a real divergence in the cider world. Lots of minerals and citrus complexity.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
MicroGrog (302) - FT: Stale Polotmavż in Queens, New York, USA - NOV 5, 2011
Bottles @ Astor Wines & New Beer Distro. Bright, clear, yellow gold body. Smells of wet stone & biting, unripe apples. Yeasty white wine & lemon acidity. Still, thin, & a bit watery. Crisp apple peel & lots of acid on the first sip. Sharp. Sour green grapes. Solid amount of tartness, but it canít keep up. Tannic, woodsy, yeasty finish. Pretty dry, but not quite. Forceful alcohol. Rindy aftertaste. Seems imbalanced to me. Would of enjoyed more residual sugar. Interesting, but not completely enjoyable.


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