SPECIAL RESERVE - This full bodied sack cyser was made with apples and crabapples grown in Alaska, a hint of dates and raisins, and aged in bourbon casks for 6 months. At 16% abv it is brimming with apple and honey flavor. Although technically a sweet cyser the sweetness is offset by the tartness of the apples and the bourbon and oak add layers of complexity.
Pour at the Meadery. Light golden and still. Aroma of sweet apples, floral honey, bourbon and oak. Flavor is sweet honey and sugar with warming/boozy bourbon and some dry oak. Sweetish, sugary mouth feel with a long warming finish. Have had this numerous times but it keeps getting better with age.
Bottle: Poured a coppery color with light bubble head. Aroma is apples and bourbon. Its amazing how well the apples and bourbon work together as a perfect balancing. There is an initial bitterness from the apples and then the bourbon oak brings in a mellowing alcohol warming blend with the honey.
375ml bottle purchased from the source. Last drink in anchorage before our return and a perfect one at that... Pours an entirely still and leggy transparent copper consistency, homogenous throughout, and fitting for a dessert-like libation... Aroma is rich with concentrated apple, almost ice cidery, with additional supplementing notes of holiday fruitcake, mild pepper,oak and bourbon. Increasingly sweet but not overly so. Delectable with an enticing apple essence with perhaps a modicum of light oxidation that adds a level of sophistication. Some maple characteristics surface while the honey itself is kept calmly at bay albeit pretty subtle in and of itself... Flavors deviate very little from what the aroma suggests. Dessert like cider and mead concentration with a fair amount of the barrel coming through as well. Light pepper and oak spiciness with not too full of a body to it. It is a bit on the sweet side but the various layers don’t make that seem to matter. Seductive and perfect to share right now. Wish I had some to bring home.
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