Cider with Spirits
$32 | 500 ml
fruit cake, forest floor, halvah
This pommeau pairs exceptionally well with dark chocolate - the darker, the better.
For the complete experience: Take your glass of pommeau, that special bar of chocolate you’ve been saving, and snuggle up in your favorite spot and coziest blanket. Take a nibble of chocolate, let it melt in your mouth, and wash it down with a sip of pommeau. If you can, invite someone to join you or call up a loved one. This cider is made for good conversation with people you care about - catch up, check in, savor the company. This is an experience worth sharing.
The Story of 2 Year Pommeau (2018)
In 2018, we laid down in barrel, spirits distilled from our own bittersweet apples by Colin at Apple Country Spirits in Williamson, NY. Half of the spirits were aged at 160 proof and the other half were blended before aging with cryo-concentrated juice extracted during our ice cider making process. After two full years in the barrel, we pulled the cider, blended it for balance with bone-dry settled lees we had racked from the 2019 vintage, and bottled it in this gorgeous bottle.
The painting on the label of this cider was painted by Janet Byer Sherman. A former dancer with Martha Graham, Janet paints kinetic landscapes that evoke layers of memory, meaning and emotion. In a sense, the pommeau does the same...the landscape it evokes is surely the orchard here in Van Etten, but also perhaps the orchards of Normandy and their bittersweet apples that so inspire us. One of my favorite flavors in pommeau, is the apple on the orchard floor in late November, ripe beyond recognition, a memory of harvest now past, sinking into the damp autumn leaves.
Autumn Stoscheck Cider Maker/ Orchardist
- 100% estate grown apples in various forms
- Our own bittersweet apple spirits were blended with cryo-concentrated late harvest apple juice and cider lees.
- Aged in barrel for 2 years.
- Alc/Vol 21%
- Residual Sugar 17.5% (175 g/l)
- 79 cases made