Blackduck Dry Cider

Blackduck Cidery is a Finger Lakes (New York) cider maker.  It’s not distributed to stores here in Massachusetts, but they sell it online and will ship it here (and to many other states).  Their Dry Cider is made with bittersweet, bittersharp, and heirloom apples; and it’s bottle-conditioned.  It costs $14 per 750mL, and is 6.7% ABV.

Initial ratings:

  • Sweetness: 1.2/5
  • Bubbliness: 4/5
  • Complexity: 3.5/5
  • Tannin: 3.1/5
  • Temperature: Cellar (55°F)

Phil’s notes:

Strong apple on the nose, powerfully bubbly in a pleasant way, multi layered bitter and sweet apple flavors with a pleasant bittersharp that lingers, more tart and tannic than average but not abrasive, well balanced.  Characterful and enjoyable, has a distinct flavor profile when compared to Massachusetts or Vermont ciders, intriguing me about trying more Finger Lakes region products in the future.

  • 8.2/10

Ben’s notes:

Strong dry apple nose.  The mouthfeel is full and bubbly, but not overwhelmingly bubbly.  Lots of bittersweet-apple flavor with a good level of acidity, without being aggressively sharp.  The finish is fairly long and a little tart.  Overall this is a very well balanced and highly flavorful dry cider.

  • 8.3/10
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