Cider Review: Angry Orchard – The Old Fashioned

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Digging into The Old Fashioned, one of the recent Orchard’s Edge releases from Boston Beer Company’s Angry Orchard cider company.

The marketing department over at Angry Orchard says:

“The Old Fashioned is made with a blend of American apples and is aged on oak with dried tart cherries, California grown navel orange peel, and charred bourbon barrel staves, offering citrus and cherry aromas with a bright apple flavor and slight vanilla notes. It has lasting tannins and a full, round mouthfeel. FLAVOR PROFILE: Culinary Apples: Gala, Fuji, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious and Granny Smith”

Certainly sounds delicious, who wouldn’t want to dive into that apple-cherry-orange-bourbon cider? Looking forward to opening this 12 oz bottle that I picked up at the local Total Wine, luckily I do have this beautiful glass from Angry Orchard to enjoy this in.

Nice release of carbonation upon popping off the bottle cap, agressively pouring into the Cider House goblet awakes lively bubbles that quickly dissipate and leave no real visible carbonation except for the fine white ring forming around the meniscus. The Old Fashioned pours a nice clear bright gold, with a somewhat champale-like appearance.

Aromas of bright fresh apples, sweet cherries, dark berries, citrus, lemon zest, vanilla, wood, bourbon, talc. All in, it is leaning toward bourbon cocktail aromas, lots of contrasting aromas that feel right together.

Medium bodied, toward light, easy drinking, not heavy or syrupy. Is it Semi-Dry or Semi-Sweet? Not the usual cloying mass market sweetness. Mellow adicity up front that gives way to sweeter fruit flavors that turn toward tannins and a dry finish with some of that fruit and bourbon cocktail lingering briefly. The flavor is unique for a cider. The Old Fashioned comes across as a summer sipping cider, with all that it’s got going on the complexity doesn’t make it difficult to enjoy. If you like cider and old fashioned cocktails I would definitely give it a try.

Would pair well with miniature golf and a McDonald’s Bacon, Egg and Cheese sandwich.