Last week we received an email from 2 Towns Ciderhouse regarding their spring release, Cherried Away Cider now in select stores.
“Packed with 150 pound of hibiscus blossoms per batch and ripe with sour Montmorency cherry punch, Cherried Away is the prefect accompaniment for sun showers and veggie tarts.”
We received complementary bottles to sample and opened one up last week. Light rosey in color with just enough carbonation to taste cherries upfront and finish with a tartness, yet at the end leaves a tart yet sweetness in your mouth. I very much like the tart, yet sweetness of this cider. I will not think twice about buying this spring seasonal when I’m in the store and it is an option for me.
Below is the official press release:
This week 2 Towns Ciderhouse releases its spring seasonal, Cherried Away, a sour cherry and hibiscus hard cider. Made with fresh-pressed 100 percent Northwest apples, sour Montmorency cherries and whole hibiscus blossoms, the Cherried Away boasts bold flavors for a bright spring. With 150 pounds of hibiscus per batch, this 6% ABV cider is the perfect drink to pair with chevre and spring veggie tarts, as well as sun showers!
“Spring is filled with flowers, and sunshine that alternates with bursts of rain showers,” said Dave Takush, head cidermaker for 2 Towns Ciderhouse. “This is the spirit we chose to instill in Cherried Away—high floral notes, bright fruitiness and sour tartness.”
Cherried Away will be available to distributor partners in Oregon, Washington, California, Hawaii, Alaska, Idaho, Nevada, Minnesota and Chicago in 500 ml bottles, ⅙ BBL & ½ BBL kegs. Select Chains and bottle shops will carry Cherried Away in bottles.
Appearance: Pink, to various shades and hues when you hold it up to the light. Nicely clear.
Smell: Aroma is low to me, I get some apple skin earthiness along with some sweet apple juice and light cherry pie.
Taste: Very cherry right up front, the sweet tart of a fresh cherry that’s very good. Towards the back of the tongue the sour kicks in, where the hibiscus presents itself, berry-like, with a touch of cherry pit earthiness. Doesn’t remind me of “cider” vis-à-vis “apple.”
Mouthfeel: Light and bright, with a tart finish.
Overall: Pretty good with lots of cherry character that’s enticing.