Chase Hill Farm: Chase Hill Cider
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We were recently contacted by one of the family members up at Chase Hill Farm in New Hampshire about sampling their cider. Their cider is not yet available for sale; it is currently just shared amongst family and friends. They are, however, in the process of acquiring the necessary licenses to begin selling their cider to the public, so be sure to follow them on Instagram to see when you can get your hands on a bottle of their cider!
Cider: Chase Hill Cider
Cidery: Chase Hill Farm
Origin: Albany, NH, USA
ABV: Not listed on label. We, however, were told by our contact at Chase Hill Farm that the ABV was likely just over 6%.
Label Description: “Our family is thrilled to share this cider made from apples grown and pressed on our farm. Closely following a holistic biodynamic philosophy, it is the culmination of a carefully balanced seasonal process. We hope you enjoy this dry sparking cider as much as we do. Cheers!”
Color: Yellow-gold, cloudy
Aroma: Sweet apple with yeasty notes
Acidity: Between low and medium
Tannin: Between low and medium
Carbonation: A touch above medium
Julia: Upon sipping the cider, there is a small amount of acidity accompanied by a lemon flavor and secondary notes of pear. Notes of tart apple come through in the latter half of the sip and become equal in strength to the lemon flavor. The acidity grows over the course of the sip, reaching its peak at the end of the sip and giving the cider a sharp finish. The acidity continues into the aftertaste, where it is joined by notes of lemon and tart apple, as well as a touch of bitterness. There is also a very subtle creamy flavor in the aftertaste.
Ramsay: The flavor of Chase Hill Cider is somewhat deceiving. When you smell it, it has a sweet apple scent, but it comes off as dry when you actually drink it. The first thing that I taste upon drinking the cider is tart apple. More specifically, it tastes like a combination of Cortland, McIntosh, and Northern Spy. These apple flavors dominate the sip up until the end when a lemon flavor begins to emerge. That lemon flavor and some bitter notes are the most noticeable things in the aftertaste.
Overall Thoughts and Rating
Overall, I thought this was a lovely dry cider. For this tasting, we drank the cider on its own, but I imagine it would be even more enjoyable when paired with a creamy cheese, such as Brie. The cheese would help to cut down on the acidity of the cider, and the acidity, in turn, would help to cut through the richness of the cheese. I would certainly drink this cider again and look forward to seeing what other ciders Chase Hill Farm comes out with once they start selling their ciders.
I don’t tend to reach for sparkling dry ciders when presented with other options. That said, I really enjoyed the flavors in Chase Hill Cider. The various apple varieties that were used in this cider created a complex flavor profile that kept me wanting to come back for more sips (not only because it tasted good but also so I could try to figure out what exact apple varieties went into the cider). I await the day this stuff is sold in stores.