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The Tasting:
The Fifty Best held a “blind” tasting of hard ciders with members of our judging panel. Strict tasting rules were applied. The order of service was established beforehand by lottery. Each of the ciders were poured into fresh glasses from new sealed bottles and served well chilled. Only ice water, neutral unflavored crackers and chips were available to cleanse the palate.

The judges wrote down their impressions of each wine on score sheets. The scoring was done on a 5-point system, with 5 as the best. Double-Gold, Gold and Silver medals are awarded based on a set range of final point scores received from the judges. There were no bronze medals awarded for this tasting.

The tasting notes that follow are summaries of the judges’ opinions, with all replicated commentary eliminated. The states of origin and other tidbits of inoformation are identified for each cider.



DOUBLE-GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Bold Rock Hard Cider
IPA Dry Hopped Cider

India Pressed Cider
(Virginia) 4.5% ABV

Aroma: Golden apple, peaches, pear, hint of pineapple, citrus, floral, earthy, musty, sancerre-like.
Palate: Peaches, pear, white grape, lychee, citrus, caramel, toffee, umeshu, viscous, sweet, well balanced, great effervescence.
Finish: Pear, mead, honey, delicious.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Bold Rock Hard Cider IPA Dry Hopped Cider



Standard Cider Company
True Believer

Select local apples
(Washingtonville, NY) 7% ABV

Aroma: Gala apple, pear, asian apple, honey, sour mash, musty, light cinnamon, crisp.
Palate: Gala apple, sweet apples, peach, white peach, fresh apple cider, pineapple notes, hint of honey, well balanced.
Finish: Apple skin, botanical, earthy, clean, tart, crisp, well balanced.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Standard Cider Company True Believer



Standard Cider Company
True Honey Cider

Select local apples, local honey
(Washingtonville, NY) 6% ABV

Aroma: Honeysuckle, English garden, bouquet garni, mushroom, yeast, earthy, musty.
Palate: Golden Delicious apple, red apple, honeydew, peach, dried fruit, honey, caramel, dandelion, high residual sugar, good carbonates, complex.
Finish: Honeydew, pear, cherry, dried fruit, caramel, cinnamon, soft.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Standard Cider Company True Honey Cider



GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Bold Rock Hard Cider
Premium Dry Cider

Dry, crisp apple cider
(Virginia) 4.5% ABV

Aroma: Red apple, nice bouquet of fruit, cinnamon, nutmeg, vegetal, earthy tones, wood barrel.
Palate: Red delicious apple, green apple, pineapple, pear, honeydew, tropical, yellow raisins, honey, mint, toast, great balance of sweet and tart, well balanced carbonation.
Finish: Wine grape, clean, soft, well rounded, nice, elegant.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Bold Rock Hard Cider Premium Dry Cider



Ironbark Ciderworks
Passionista

Granny Smith & Pinata apples, passionfruit
(California) 8.5% ABV

Aroma: Red apple, tangerine, orange peel, citrus, pear, nectarine, peach, apricot, dark fruit, grape, melon, lilac, hops.
Palate: Apricot, nectarine, passion fruit, dragon fruit, pear, green apple, strawberry, currant, orange peel, lemon lime, citrus, mint, tart, super dry.
Finish: Apple skin, macadamia nut, minty, dry, refreshing.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Ironbark Ciderworks Passionista





Standard Cider Company
Rebel Reserve

Select local apples
(Washingtonville, NY ) 7% ABV

Aroma: Green apple, tropical fruit, bread, yeast, musty, cedar funk, crisp.
Palate: Pineapple, green apple, tea, toast, cigar box, funky, sour, tart, crisp.
Finish: Apple, pear, ambrosia, sour apple, light wood, funky, musty, clean, tart, fresh.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Standard Cider Company Rebel Reserve




Treasury Cider
Semi-Dry Cider, Harvest 2015

(Hudson River Valley, NY) 8% ABV

Aroma: Peach, nectarines, tart apple, cinnamon.
Palate: Red apple, peach, pear, apple skin, honey, lemon, sour mash, notes of fresh hay, tart, crisp, well balanced.
Finish: White grapes, orange notes, apple skin, honey, floral.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Treasury Cider Semi-Dry Cider Harvest 2015



Bold Rock Hard Cider
Carolina Apple

Granny Smith cider
(Virginia) 4.5% ABV

Aroma: Golden Delicious apple, pineapple, lemon, citrus, white grape, faint pear, spearmint, floral, toasty note, cedar, delicate effervescence.
Palate: Golden Delicious apple, pear, peach, unripe pineapple, orange peel, soft.
Finish: Golden Delicious apple, pear, light, fresh.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Bold Rock Hard Cider Carolina Apple



Treasury Cider
Dry Cider, Heirloom Blend Harvest 2015, Bottle Conditioned

(Hudson River Valley, NY) 8% ABV

Aroma: Bosc pear, bright pear, green apple, mango, plum, candied apple, flowery, cinnamon, clove.
Palate: Raisins, dried fruit, mushroom, nutmeg, oak, tart, acidic, dry, brut, super lean.
Finish: Green apple, apple skin, fruit skin, citric, tart.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Treasury Cider Dry Cider Heirloom Blend Harvest 2015



SILVER MEDAL WINNERS

Ironbark Ciderworks
Earl Grey

Granny Smith apples, Earl Grey tea
(California) 8.5% ABV

Aroma: Earl Grey tea, chamomile, lilac, floral, perfumy, berries, hops.
Palate: Sour apple, dried cherries, elderflower, lavender, violet, flower petals, floral, orris root, perfume, hops, herbal greens, Indian flavors, tart.
Finish: Dark green tea, lavender, floral, spice, tart, dry.

Silver Medal
Silver medal



Ironbark Ciderworks Earl Grey



Ironbark Ciderworks
Zingiber

Granny Smith & Pinata apples, fresh ginger
(California) 8.5% ABV

Aroma: Hibiscus, rose water, ginger, lemongrass, spearmint.
Palate: Green apple, sour apple, ginger, ginger root, hibiscus, rose water, toast, yeast, effervescent.
Finish: Persimmon, citrus, ginger ale, candied ginger, tart, dry, very bright.

Silver Medal
Silver medal



Ironbark Ciderworks Zingiber



Treasury Cider
Dry Cider, Lightly Sparkling Harvest 2015, Bottle Conditioned

(Hudson River Valley, NY) 8% ABV

Aroma: Granny Smith apple, Macintosh apple, Asian apple, pear, lemon, orange, baking spice, cinnamon, bright acidity, pleasantly sweet.
Palate: Citrus, apple skin, tart, sour, earthy, musty, very clean, linear.
Finish: Apricot, vegetal, clean, soft, very elegant.

Silver Medal
Silver medal




Treasury Cider Dry Cider Lightly Sparkling Harvest 2015

 

 

 

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