Far from the Tree: Ectoplasm
Cidery: Far from the Tree
Origin: Salem, MA, USA
Color: Lime green, clear
Overall Thoughts and Rating
Ectoplasm has a primary aroma of jalapeño and green bell pepper and a secondary aroma of kiwi. Upon sipping the cider, there is some tingling on the tongue from both the carbonation and spice from the jalapeño. The kiwi and bell pepper come through shortly thereafter, bringing with them notes of sweetness. A second or so after the kiwi-bell pepper flavor emerges, the jalapeño flavor increases in intensity, offsetting the sweetness with its spiciness. The sweet kiwi-bell pepper and spicy jalapeño flavors continue in relatively equal strength until just right before the end of the sip. At this point, the spiciness from the jalapeño overtakes the other flavors, and it creates a tingling and slight burning sensation on the tongue, back of throat, and lips. The spice from the jalapeño continues into the aftertaste. Ectoplasm is a semi-sweet cider that is in between light and medium bodied, leaning toward light. It has no noticeable acidity or tannin, and it has a medium level of carbonation.
Overall, I quite enjoyed Ectoplasm (and loved its amazing can art). It has such a unique combination of flavors, and as someone who enjoys spicy food, I loved the spiciness of this cider. The spice helped to balance out the sweetness of the kiwi and bell pepper, and as an added bonus, it cleared out my sinuses. I’m already looking forward to when Ectoplasm reappears next October.
I don’t get a bite when I take a sip but rather a lip tingling sensation from the spices (more on that soon).
I took several sips to be sure, but I got a light-to-medium body, leaning toward light.
Ectoplasm has a low amount of acidity. What acidity there is quickly disappears due to the abundance of spice.
I noticed a slightly below medium amount of carbonation with this cider. Enough that you notice but still very pleasant.
Absolutely no tannin in this one.
Now the part you’ve been waiting for. This cider is really something else. It has flavors that I would have been hard pressed to have in a drink, let alone a cider. First flavor I am hit with is the kiwi. It starts off strong and starts to taper off just a tad by the ½ point of the sip. Then, I get a sudden rush of the jalapeño mixed with the green bell pepper. The jalapeño at this point is the dominant flavor, and it stays that way until the end of the sip. In the aftertaste I get the kiwi, green bell pepper, and jalapeño lasting quite a while with a definite lip tingling sensation. The jalapeño is the main driver even in the aftertaste. It’s some spicy stuff!
The kiwi flavor makes this somewhat sweet, but the pepper flavors make this semi-sweet overall. Though, you’d be hard-pressed to really notice.
Overall, I thought Ectoplasm was fantastic. Not only did it try something new, but it went out of its way to be really inventive. The spicy flavor is something I have never had in a cider, but I do not mind. I’ll always appreciate when a cider maker tries something really bold and out there.