The Elder Tree pours a fine, fleeting head, and leaves a tarnished gold cider, with a touch of coral hue. The initial aromas bounce between two of the prominent varietals of this blend: Newtown Pippin and Arkansas Black. The Newtown Pippin exudes prominent pome fruit with notes of tree nuts and brandy. The Arkansas Black offers notes of leather and older oak, reminiscent of our barrel room. The overall bouquet speaks to the agedness of Elder Tree, which is blended across multiple vintages, with components of the blend spending as long as 12 months in oak barrels. The mouthfeel is full and coating, favoring the top of the mouth, but is not overpowering nor does it overstay it’s welcome; it fades away slow enough to enjoy, and stays long enough to be remembered. On the palate, Elder Tree is smooth and balanced between acid and low impact tannins, which is accentuated by the dryness of this cider. Notes of apple brandy, strawberry jam, oatmeal cookies, and beeswax shine through in this elegant, yet robust cider.
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