Farnum Hill Extra Dry

Farnum Hill has a nice range of ciders, including some that vary year to year (the Dooryard series), and some (like this Extra Dry) that are consistent from one year to the next.  Here’s what their website says about Extra Dry:

Pale gold, bubbly, radically dry. Richly aromatic, suggesting myriad fruits of the earth, and the earth itself, with a complex, palate-cleansing balance of fruit, astringency, and acid. Sugar content zero, fruit notes rampant! Made, like Semi-Dry, from a range of specific apple varieties bred and/or selected for excellent cider. Alcohol content 7.5% by volume. 750 ml. bottle, mushroom cork, wire hood.

It costs about $16 for a 750mL bottle, and is 7.5% ABV.  We drank this at “cellar temperature”, which at this time of year is about 53° F.

Initial ratings:

  • Sweetness: 1.2/5
  • Bubbliness: 2.2/5
  • Complexity: 3.5/5
  • Tannin: 3/5

Phil’s comments:

Nice apple nose, nicely dry, strong solid russet taste, other cider apples are definitely present but the overall character is russet dominated.  Nice tannin but less tannic than expected for an extra dry.  A nice example of an American dry russet cider.  Not sure about extra dry, but solid.
  • 7.9/10

Ben’s comments:

Nice dry bittersweet-apple nose, with a hint of yeast.  Flavor is dry and a little tart; probably Golden Russet plays a large role in the flavor.  It’s a little astringent with a nice full mouthfeel.  The finish is pleasantly tart and bitter.  This is a nicely made American-style dry bittersweet cider.

  • 7.8/10
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