Origin: New York
Primary Varietal: Cider
Process & Taste:
A balanced cider combining the natural acid and sugar of apples with the tart qualities of elderberries.
I picked this up at the local Whole Foods, based on the fact I thought the bottle was pretty. The added bonus of elderberries made it sound unique. So I bought a bottle and brought it home to try it. The initial thought well it’s not bad. The second thought well it’s not great either. Third thought, I am not going to be able to finish it.
I did finish it though to be fair to the drink. Some drinks are rough when you first start them and are misjudged. When the label said tart I didn’t realize how much tart it was going to contain. It has a lot and that may be awesome to some, to me not so much. Unless it’s the desert tart, then extreme tart for me is not a good thing. While I mention it was extremely tart it wasn’t bad, I didn’t immediately spew it out.
If you are a fan of ciders that aren’t sweet and more tart and dry, this is for you. If you like your ciders as cool and refreshing as biting into an apple, then stay away.
About the Company:
20th-century American ciders were sweet, syrupy – a far cry from the dry, crisp, revolution-inciting ciders of our country’s past.
Gidon Coll wanted to reconnect America to its roots by creating a traditional cider with the complexity to satisfy today’s discriminating palates.
But where to begin?
Coll immersed himself in the history and the craft of cider. He experimented. He brewed batch after batch in a small upstate New York winery. He sought counsel from a local wine expert and from the owners, bartenders and patrons of bars he frequented in New York City’s Lower East Side and East Village. He collected feedback from everyone he knew, adjusting and tinkering with his cider’s flavor until it was clean, crisp, and practically perfect. Then he enlisted friends to painstakingly hand-label bottle after bottle. He lugged cases and cases in and out of NYC’s subways, delivering bottles to establishments of Manhattan and Brooklyn.
And it wasn’t long before Original Sin began receiving wide acclaim from sources as diverse as The New York Times, New York Post, Paper Magazine and Market Watch.
Today, you can find Original Sin’s unique, award-winning ciders in over 30 states, as well as overseas in the U.K. and Japan. But it all started here in the U.S. — inspired by our country’s past: a clean, crisp, DEVILISHLY DELICIOUS cider for our future.