Shacksbury: The Vermonter
Basic Info about the Cider
Cider: The Vermonter
Origin: Vergennes, VT, USA
Color: Medium gold, clear
Our Review of the Cider
Julia's Thoughts and Rating:
The Vermonter has a primary aroma of apple and honey and a secondary aroma of gin. Upon sipping the cider, there is some slight tingling on the tongue, as well as a small bite. The bite subsides relatively quickly, giving way to a subtle lemon flavor and thereafter, notes of honey and apples. At the same time that the apple-honey flavor comes to the forefront, the gin becomes perceptible, but it does not become the dominant flavor until the end of the sip. Gin remains the primary flavor in the aftertaste, where it is accompanied by a hint of lemon. With a touch of sweetness at the beginning and a dry finish, this is best described as off-dry, and its body is in between light and medium, leaning toward light. There is a slight amount of acidity present throughout the entire sip, and the carbonation is relatively low. Lastly, I could not pick up on any tannin.
Overall, I really enjoyed The Vermonter. The gin barrel aging imparted a unique flavor to this cider and gave it a relatively smooth feel. The gin also helped to balance out the slight sweetness from the honey-apple flavor, and it gave the cider a nice, dry finish. I would definitely drink this cider again.
Ramsay's Thoughts and Rating:
I get a slight bite upfront, but it fades very quickly. Most likely because of the smoothness from the gin barrel aging.
Body comes off as being between light and medium, leaning more toward light.
The Vermonter has a low amount of acidity. I notice it until about the ¼ point of the sip before it disappears for good.
This cider also has a somewhat low amount of carbonation. Again, I suspect being aged in gin barrels helped with that.
No tannin to speak of in this. I couldn’t pick up on any bitter notes.
The Vermonter is another unique cider that leverages being aged in liquor barrels. In this case, gin barrels. Right away, I am hit with a nice mixture of apple and honey. That lasts for the entire sip. But the gin flavor starts off slow and comes into its own around the ¾ mark, becoming the dominant flavor for the rest of the sip and into the aftertaste with a touch of honey.
The honey and apple flavor would normally make this a sweet cider, but the dry nature of gin makes this cider off-dry.
Overall, I liked the gin-aged flavors of The Vermonter. The trio of flavors hits off in a nice harmony that helps the cider stand out and gives it a nice, off-dry finish that never felt too heavy to drink. Worthy of picking up if you see it in stores.