Patriots' Heritage: Oaky Dody
Cider: Oaky Dody
Cidery: Patriots’ Heritage
Origin: Schaghticoke, NY, USA
Label Description: “In 1620, Joseph Doty’s great-grandfather, Edward Planter Doty, had arrived on the Mayflower as an indentured servant. In 1769, as a private in the NYC Militia, Joseph relocated from Oyster Bay to Rensselaer County, looking for land and opportunity. Here, he rose to prominence as a local blacksmith and barrel cooper.
The Oak Spirits Collection pays homage to the Early American Heritage of our patriotic roots in the New World. Enjoy a tradition of local cider that was fermented and stored in any used liquor barrels that the early colonists could lay hold of, imparting a unique flavor of the former spirits and a time long passed.
Aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels.”
Color: Amber, slightly cloudy
Aroma: Bourbon and oak are primary; apple is secondary.
Flavor Profile: A bourbon flavor, specifically Buffalo Trace, comes through upfront and remains the dominant flavor throughout the sip. In the aftertaste, a buttery, oaky taste emerges, followed by a subtle apple flavor.
Overall Thoughts and Rating
This is such a unique drink that is more akin to a spirit than a cider. Having been aged in Buffalo Trace barrels, it has the buttery smoothness and oaky undertones of a bourbon without the 45% ABV. It also has the added touch of a subtle apple flavor, which nicely complements the oak and bourbon flavors and delivers a well-balanced flavor profile. Since it clocks in at 12% and is quite smooth, you have to be careful to not overdo it. Fans of cider and bourbon alike will enjoy Oaky Dody.
Overall, I really enjoyed the smooth nature of Oaky Dody. Every now and then I enjoy drinking some spirits like whiskey or bourbon, but this cider was a nice way to combine two worlds together. The smoothness of the Buffalo Trace bourbon with the oak and apple was very well delivered in every sip. It is a nice drink to have when relaxing at home on the weekend. A must-try for those who like bourbon and cider.