Booze Review: Cherry Cider by Tieton Cider Works

TCW-001 Tieton Bottle_CHERRY CIDER_F🍒ABV: 6.9%
🍒Country: United States
🍒Estimated Calories: 207
🍒IBU: None
🍒Region: Washington
🍒Size: 16.9oz
🍒Type: Hard Cider

A well-balanced apple cider blended with farm fresh Cherry. Our crisp apple cider finishes sweet with hints of clove and cinnamon blended with a tart acid to stand up to the sweetness of the cherry. Big mouth feel, perfect acid, and long finish.

Our Review:
I bought this from the local Whole Foods after going “Hm, I haven’t tried a cherry cider before.” When you open it, beware it has a tendency to be extremely bubbly and made a bit of a mess. Or that could just be my luck! It does smell a little sweet but not overbearing.

At first sip this is definitely something unique. Whether I can tell at the first sip whether that is a good or bad unique, I can’t tell yet. It is a little much to drink by itself just as a lay back drink. However, I found that pairing it with strawberries balances it out wonderfully. This wasn’t on purpose, it just so happened I had strawberries that I was munching on at the time. It also goes well with a spicy bean dip, that I was also eating at the time. According to their website this is the perfect cider with spicy flavors and I have to agree. I may try this again with this spicy salmon I make. I bet it would be divine.

If you are a fan of dry ciders such as Strongbow, this might not be the one for you. However, if you are a fan of the Angry Orchards one, then this could be a big hit for you. It does come in single serving bottles of 500ml, so if you just want one to try it’s perfect for that. If you find you like it but don’t love it, it’s also a nice sharing size.

Another awesome thing is it organic and farm grown. None of those yucky pesticides or unwanted chemicals, just a refreshing cherry cider.


Our Rating:winewinewine

Price: Dollar Sign

About the Company:
craig-in-orchard-lg1The fruit that is used in Tieton Cider Works cider comes from Craig and Sharon Campbell’s Harmony Orchards. This land has been in our family since the 1920’s when our grandfather planted his first trees in Tieton, Washington. We take our stewardship of the land seriously and have been farming organically for the last 25 years.

As a third generation Yakima Valley farmer with a degree in horticulture from Washington State University and over thirty five years’ experience in marketing produce, Craig has always been curious about the back-story: the history, production, science, and industry of food. Growing different varieties of trees is truly what makes Craig happy and he is always looking for new varieties to plant and nurture. In 2008 he was introduced to cider apple varieties, those gnarly, inedible wild apple varieties needed to make great cider. He planted twenty five varieties in a test block of two acres to study the growing patterns: did each fit into the existing bloom and harvest schedule of the farm, what were the flavor profiles of the fruit and how did that variety add to the cider that we wanted to make.

From that original twenty five, Craig has narrowed it down to the eight most suitable for commercial production, never closing the door on annual experimentation when he learns of a new variety. We now have the largest acreage of cider apples and Perry pears in the state of Washington with 55 acres.

The Yakima Valley is the largest apple producing region in Washington and there is an infrastructure existing in our valley that provides many advantages when you are making cider. Whether we are storing our apples in controlled atmosphere, sending our apricots and cherries to be processed, or selecting the complementary hops and pumpkin for our seasonal ciders – it all exists in the valley we call home.

A love of land, food and drink has inspired us to make cider with the fruit we are growing at our ranch, Harmony Orchards. We know the ciders we make are an expression of the harvest and reflective of the fruit and the place that it is grown.

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