hershiser2 (3665) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2017
Sampled at Wine Warehouse for Virginia Cider Week. Pours pale golden. Aroma is fresh tart apple, I want to say some sort of green, but I'm honestly not an apple expert. Flavor is crisp tart apple, juicy but never sweet. Good. weihenweizen (4098) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - FEB 26, 2017
Refrigerated 0.5 L glass bottle poured into a glass. Clear pale golden with small white head. Aroma is tart apples, medium/light body, medium carbonation, and little lacing. Taste is tart, sharp apples, and dry finish. obguthr (6654) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2016
Sweet and tangy apple nose. Clear yellow. Dry and tart apple, crabapple, tannic. Light body, harsh mouthfeel, very effervescent. Very intense, not quaffable. bytemesis (9196) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 24, 2016
Tap. Pours clear pale golden, very small white head, some lacing. Aroma is green apples. Flavor is medium tart, apples and lemon. Clean - no funk. Light body. radagast83 (8452) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2016
500ml bottle. Poured a clear yellow color, very brief, fizzy white head. Aroma was crisp apple. Light tart notes, some light sharp light smoke notes. Flavor was crisp and a touch dry. Light sweetness comes through in this one. Pretty tasty.
nimbleprop (8750) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 23, 2015
375ml bottle pours a clear gold with some ringing, fizzy head and plenty of carbonation. Nose is solid, white grape, moscato, green apples, tart juice, straw, maybe a little lemon-lime soda. Flavor is buttery and tart, just a tinge of sweetness to help round things out, some Chardonnay, lemon, green apple, lightly juicy. Crisp finish with just a little acid bite. GenDV138 (7699) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUN 14, 2015
Bottle sample at Blue Bee. Clear light yellow. Aromas of apples and wine. Tastes of tart notes, apples, wine. Light body with a dry finish. Interesting. Travlr (26069) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 14, 2015
Bottle sample at the source. Clear pale yellow color, still. Aroma of blue cheese, leather, tart dusty apple skins. Taste is tart dry leaves and overripe fruit. Delicious. vlan1 (220) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2014
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 Scrumpditty (3) - - JUL 4, 2013 does not count
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 I’m sure).
Not much in the nose, but pleasant with a light apple scent. If I didn’t pour it myself, I’d 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. It’s all apple taste here folks, not even a hint of any back sweetener. It doesn’t need it. Light, refreshing, crisp, tart, and freaking delicious!
Hands down, best hard cider I’ve encountered and I’ve tried many American and European ciders. I’m very fortunate to live in Richmond, where it’s made, so there are several retail outlets locally. Otherwise, I’d be paying a hefty price to import this amazing cider.
Charred Ordinary is by far my favorite, but of course I’m 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!