Windfall Orchard: Farmhouse Cider
Cider: Farmhouse Cider
Cidery: Windfall Orchard
Origin: Cornwall, VT, USA
Label Description: “Windfall Orchard is a small, 3-acre orchard that was planted over the past 100 years. We have about 200 mature trees that produce over 80 traditional and heirloom apple varieties. We blend over 30 of these to make our Farmhouse Hard Cider. It is made in the style of a traditional English Hard Cider, using the wild yeast in the orchard for fermentation and bottle conditioning to produce a crisp, dry, lightly effervescent, refreshing beverage. Enjoy!”
Color: Yellow-gold, cloudy
Aroma: An earthy, sour scent is primary; sweet apple is secondary.
Carbonation: Between medium and high
Flavor Profile: There is a subtle, sweet apple flavor upfront, which is quickly overtaken by a tart, sour lemon flavor. That lemon flavor grows over the course of the sip, reaching its peak at the end. The close of the sip also sees the emergence of a slightly bitter taste. The lemon and bitter notes continue into the aftertaste, where they are joined by a faint oaky flavor.
Overall Thoughts and Rating
Overall, I enjoyed this cider, but I imagine I would have enjoyed it more had I paired it with a food, such as cheese, that could have toned down its acidity. The acidity was quite high, and it seemed to grow with each successive sip. At times, it felt almost too acidic. Just like some wines are best enjoyed when paired with food, so are some ciders, and this is one of them. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed it, as I saw its potential for being a great pairing cider.
Overall, I thought Farmhouse Cider was a decent cider. Its flavor profile was interesting and had a good amount of dryness. That said, I found it to be too carbonated at times, and I’ll be the first to admit that I am picky when it comes to sour flavors in ciders (and other drinks as well). If you like dry, acidic ciders with some bitter notes, you should enjoy this.