Far from the Tree: Patch
Basic Info about the Cider
Cidery: Far from the Tree
Origin: Salem, MA, USA
Color: Amber with slight pink hue
Our Review of the Cider
Julia's Thoughts and Rating:
Before I delve into the actual cider review, I have to take a second to praise Patch’s lovely can art. It looks like hand-painted watercolor of a strawberry with some basil, and given that artwork, it should come as no surprise that Patch has a primary aroma of earthy, basil notes upfront followed by a sweet strawberry scent. Upon sipping the cider, there is a small amount of tingling on the tongue accompanied by some slight acidity, the latter of which remains throughout the course of the sip. Once the tingling subsides, a sweet strawberry flavor comes through. Oftentimes, when you drink a strawberry flavored beverage it can taste a bit artificial, but such is not the case for Patch. When you drink Patch, it tastes like you are biting into a ripe, freshly picked strawberry. Second to that strawberry taste is a very subtle (in fact, it’s almost imperceptible) apple flavor. The strawberry flavor remains the dominant flavor until the end of the sip, peaking around the halfway point. In the aftertaste, you initially get the strawberry notes, but those give way relatively quickly to a lemon flavor with notes of basil. In terms of overall sweetness, Patch is in between semi-sweet and sweet, leaning more toward sweet. The acidity that is present throughout the sip prevents Patch from become sickly sweet. Patch leans more toward medium bodied, and it has a medium level of carbonation. Lastly, I could not pick up on any tannin in this cider.
Overall, this is a delicious cider that is a great drink to have during these final days of summer. As Patch is a more medium-bodied, sweeter cider, I likely would not have two glasses back to back. Similarly, although Patch comes in 16-ounce cans, I think it is best enjoyed in a smaller amount (i.e., split a can with a friend).
Ramsay's Thoughts and Rating:
Patch has a small but noticeable bite upfront that very gently fades into the rest of the sip.
After a few sips, I was confident enough that this is close to but not quite medium bodied. It might sit heavier after half the can, but it never felt uncomfortably heavy in my stomach.
It has a small amount of acidity. I noticed it until about ¼ in before it slowly started to fade. This one is heavy on the carbonation. Really began to notice it after the first several sips.
No tannin to speak of in this cider.
The flavor on this makes it another good summer cider. First thing I get is an apple, strawberry, and lemon-citrus flavor. The lemon-citrus is present until ¼ in. However, the real star here is the strawberry. It hits you first thing, delivering a refreshing, sweet flavor. It keeps kicking up in flavor profile until around the halfway point, with the basil coming in at the ¾ mark. Both the strawberry and basil stay with you in a nice union of flavors well into the aftertaste.
The strawberry flavor gives Patch a nice sweet flavor, best described as just above semi-sweet.
Overall, I was skeptical going into this cider of the basil and strawberry combination. However, Far From the Tree has taken an odd combination and turned those fears on my head. Patch is another great summer cider worth your time.