Champlain Orchards Russet Pear

This is a limited release from Champlain Orchards; it’s a semi-dry blend of apples and Asian pears.  Neither of us had ever had a cider (or perry) made with Asian pears, so we weren’t sure what to expect.  It comes in 22oz bottles for about $9, and it’s 5% ABV.

Initial ratings:

  • Sweetness: 2.2/5
  • Bubbliness: 2.2/5
  • Complexity: 2.7/5
  • Tannin: 1.5/5
  • Temperature: Cellar (55°F)

Phil’s notes:

Strong Asian pear nose, flavor starts out sweet, fruity, and crisp with Asian pear dominating and then transitions to a tart mildly tannic apple finish.  Mid sweet, with majority pear sorbitol sweetness.  The flavor transition is interesting, but isn’t as cohesive as pure cider apple blends and could do with more balance.  Definitely not a perry, but better than most pear cider blends.

  • 6.9/10

Ben’s notes:

Visually it’s very clear and light in color.  Nose is strongly pear-y, very fruity.  Flavor starts out as medium-dry and fruity, then the fruitiness seems to drop out leaving just dry apple.  The finish is a little astringent, with some lingering tart pear flavor.  Overall the pear and apple flavors are both nice, but the two fruits seem to not quite blend together fully.

  • 7/10
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