Feeling kind of autumnally festive, Dan samples Left Bank Ciders Wild Duchess, a native yeast cider made from a unique apple variety.
STYLE: Natural Apple Cider
INGREDIENTS: Duchess of Oldenburg apples harvested mid-season; fermented in stainless steel with native yeast
AVAILABILITY: 750ml bottles, Draft (Limited)
Stats above taken from the brewery’s bottle.
Super clear and light yellow/golden in appearance.
The native yeast gives this a bit more of an Asturian cider feel, with notes of straw, a bit of funk, after the spiced, bright fruit character hits your palate.
Sweet apple meets a binding acidity for great balance with a hint of funk and a tannic note/structure behind it all.
Residual carbonation enhances the mouthfeel, and when moved around one’s mouth, the effervescence flows back.
This is definitely my kind of cider, since it blends acidity and funkiness along with a great expression of the unique apple’s qualities. Not sure how mid-season picking compares on the sugar/acid balance, but would love to know. I think this would be a festive choice on the afternoon before your autumn or Thanksgiving dinner.
Cheers and remember:
Life’s a tap…drink up ’til it’s dry.