Cider: ANTHEM ORGANIC TRADITIONALLY FERMENTED CIDER
Maker: Anthem Cider
(Anthem is crafted by the makers of Wandering Aengus)
Origin: Salem, Oregon
ABV: 5.5 % Bottle: 22 oz., crown cap
Makers Style Notes: Anthem Cider – offers the tart acidity of the apple’s natural malic acid with a clean fruit forward finish. Anthem Cider is the foundation for all the Anthems. Semi-Dry. Medium Tart. 5.0% to 6.5% ABV.
Fruit: Apple. Washington and Oregon.
Makers Fruit Notes: Anthem Traditionally Fermented Cider, is brewed with Honey Crisp, Gala, Granny Smith and Golden Delicious apples. 90% Organic. Anthem uses only whole apples, pressed and fermented.
A Few Cider Makers Notes:
The first batch of Anthem Cider was kegged March 10, 2010 on the belief that we at Wandering Aengus Ciderworks can make a great draft cider without compromise.
So what is a great draft cider without compromise? Basically, it is a cider made the way people expect a cider to be made; starting with actual apples, pressing them, and fermenting the fresh juice only days after.
Since the character of apples vary widely between varieties, harvests, terroir, and keeping, our cidermaking is geared to accent those differences, not hide them. We hope you and your palate learn to appreciate and savor the diversity
Read more about Anthem’s goals here.
Our Tasting Notes: May 10, 2013.
In The Glass: Clear, light, bright, brassy gold. Itty-bitty bubbles.
Aroma & Taste: Dessert apples, cotton candy, licorice, apple peel tannins, damp bark and wet wood. A bit of vanilla, particularly on last sip. Empty glass reverberates notes of sweet and wood. Light body, balanced leaning toward bitter/tannin axis, medium acidity, short to medium finish, no real aftertaste, slight warming effect on tip of tongue.
Taste Scale: From 0 Low – 9 High: ANTHEM Cider gets: Bitter 6, Sour 4.5, Sweet 3, Salty 1, Umami 1.
Our Pairings – The Tasting Lab: Tried with chorizo sausage and garlicy kale. Nice and chewy with the fiery spice of the chorizo and the bite of the garlic and bitter greens. (As noted in several past reviews – we think cider is a great mate to bitter greens).
Overall Impressions: Very accessible complexity. Cleverly comes on tarted up like a mass market cider, then delivers something quite different. Instead of the saccharine flavors the initial aromas might suggest, Anthem is surprisingly more complex, with incontestable tannins, distinct bitter notes, and only hints of sweet, sweet apple. Anthem is definitely a gateway cider.
Reviewers Note: ANTHEM Cider possesses a unique damp orchard aroma. Hints of a distinctly Northwest ‘sous bois‘ or at least a Wandering Aengus/Anthem cidermakers ‘sous bois’. More on this in our review of Wandering Aengus’ Wanderlust, coming up.