Dooryard 1206 (Bottles and Kegs)
This new Dooryard was blended from our new big batch base 1205, a tank-end of 1211, and a partial barrel of 1311, Wickson.
This cider doesn’t color too far out of our usual Farnum Hill Ciders lines, compared to some previous Dooryard batches. The nose carries a fair bit of BSA, but has bright spots of sour cherry and pineapple. There is pear and a little whiskey* in the nose, too. The taste starts with a burst of fruity sweetness, but the sweetness drops quickly behind the bright acid and the nice, woody, BSA bitter. Orange and tangerine join the fruits from the nose, with a tiny bit of red candy. The fruits in this one jostle for prominance; they take turns popping.
The astringency is moderately low, the feel medium-full. The finish carries all of the fruits from the nose and taste, as well as a nice broad but mild bitter. The whiskey note remains. Dare I say this reminds me of a tropical drink made with whiskey? Cherry on top.
* I know. There’s always a caveat with me, isn’t there? The whiskey thing can be attributed to the barrels we use, because whiskey is aged in barrels, blah blah blah. The thing is, the barrels we use are neutral. REALLY neutral. Sold to us nigh on 15 years ago because the winemaker on Long Island we got them from thought they were too neutral THEN. So we actually think a lot of the “whiskey” notes we get are just as likely to come from the apples we use. In fact, it has shown up in cider that was fermented in stainless steel, with no oak contact. Totally weird, huh? That’s why we still think we are learning. And why this job stays so fascinating. Weird stuff. Mother Nature is cool. Cheers to her!
In kegs in New Hampshire:
At the Barley Pub, Dover; at Seven Barrel Brewery, W. Lebanon
In bottles in New Hampshire:
At the usual Farnum-friendly locations.
In kegs for NY distribution by:
Union Beer, NY