3fourths (7515) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - MAR 15, 2013
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
still, sweet, stack, aged in a bourbon barrel (Buffalo Trace for 18 months with this sample), so it’s very untraditional. the aroma has a strong corn syrup and burnt, sweaty, buttered popcorn character with strong oak / vanillin and hot alcohols. the flavor is more clean, with a rich and sweet honey expression but little bourbon - instead it’s more tannic oak and buttered vanilla. the apples are expressed well enough; muted but noticeable and distinct from the honey. however the diacetyl / theater popcorn butter and spicy ethanol and other higher alcohols make it really difficult to enjoy. plug my nose and I can tolerate it.
obguthr (3311) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Honey aroma. Clear pale yellow, frothy. Honey flavor, semi-sweet, no nuance. Thin body. Surprising lack of complexity for a cyser. The label says there is a greater proportion of cider, but the honey dominated everything. Apples aren’t detected, but may serve as a moderating agent to keep it from being cloying. Enjoyable but ordinary.