Whetstone Ciderworks: Whetstone Reserve Perry
Basic Info about the Perry
Perry: Whetstone Reserve Perry
Cidery: Whetstone Ciderworks
Origin: Marlboro, VT, USA
Color: Light gold with some cloudiness
Our Review of the Cider
Julia's Thoughts and Rating:
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the scent of Whetstone’s Perry is fruity with some subtle notes of pear. Upon sipping the perry, there is a slight bite, as well as some slight tingling, but both of those subside after a second or two. After that initial bite and tingling, a pleasantly tart and sour lemon flavor comes through, which is accompanied by some acidity. About halfway through the sip, a slightly sweet pear flavor becomes noticeable, and the acidity also starts to mellow out. By the end of the sip, the sour-tart lemon taste is once again the dominant flavor, with the pear having become the secondary flavor. The acidity also returns at the end of the sip, and it remains into the aftertaste. The acidity, however, is not off putting; it is comparable to the level of acidity that you get when drinking a lemonade. Combined with the tart lemon flavor, the acidity gives the perry a dry, lip-smacking finish, which leaves you wanting more. This perry is between light and medium bodied, leaning more toward light, and it is a semi-dry perry, having a good balance of dryness and sweetness to it. In terms of carbonation, this is lightly carbonated. Overall, I really enjoyed this perry. I found it to be well balanced, and I liked the lip-smacking finish, as it made me want to keep coming back for more sips. My only critique would be that it could be slightly less acidic. The acidity was not overpowering, but I imagine the perry would taste even better if it were just a hair less acidic. Even so, this is a great perry, and if you happen to stumble upon a bottle of it, be sure to snatch it up.
Ramsay's Thoughts and Rating:
Upfront I get a slight bite that is gone before I even notice.
It also has a pretty light body. The perry still felt light even after drinking a bit of the glass.
I notice a little bit of acidity about a third of the way into the sip, which slowly fades throughout the remainder of the sip. As far as carbonation, I didn't notice any. You won't feel any heaviness from the perry even after taking several sips of it in a row.
Easily the most unique thing about this cider is the fact that it's a perry. I've never had one until now. I'm hit right away with a tart pear flavor that intensifies until about halfway into the sip, before fading gently and continuing well into the aftertaste. In the middle of that pear flavor, I also noticed a couple of citrus notes, which lingered into the aftertaste. But the pear is the main show stopper in this cider.
I consider this perry to be semi-sweet. It is reminiscent of a Rosé -- not in flavor but in being light with a sweeter side.
Overall, Whetstone Reserve Perry's unique flavor grew on me, but I felt that it got sweeter as I drank more. However, it was never too sweet, and that unique pear flavor kept me coming back for more. I may not have glasses of this back to back, but it's still a good choice.