Starcut Ciders Immortal Jelly

This is really weird. You can barely find any real cider in Berlin, and when you wander the city looking for real European cider made from apples you stumble upon a cider made from various berries coming from a craft cidery Starcut Ciders, based in the Northern Michigan in the US. Berlin will never stop amazing me.Company: Short’s Brewing Company
Place of Origin: Elk Rapids, Michigan, U.S.A.
Ingredients: water, hard cider, carbon dioxide, blackberry puree, blueberry puree, raspberry puree, strawberry puree
Sweetness as per label: semi-dry
ABV: 5.2%
Package type: 355ml brown glass bottle with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: pint glass or white wine glass

Appearance: pours a clear raspberry red with no head. Slightly sparkling. Body is low.

Aroma/Nose: it smells slightly sweet and very fruity of kompot with notes of various berries such as strawberries, blackberries and raspberries. There is also a light watery note to it.

Taste: it starts, surprisingly, with a low level of sweetness and medium to high refreshing acidity. Similarly to the nose, the palate tastes fruity of various berries, mainly blueberries and blackberries with a touch of astringency and bitterness. The aftertaste is dry and sour with notes of berries and a hint of astringency.

Overall: Wow. I actually enjoyed the Immortal Jelly as it’s refreshingly sour and fruity, but still rich with multi berry-flavours and very nicely balanced. I couldn’t taste the apple though. I liked it but in my opinion, this is not going to be a cider for everyone. If you prefer your cider on the sweeter side and don’t tolerate a quite high level of sourness then I don’t think this cider is for you. As for me, I think will keep coming back to Muted Horn, where I bought it to have a glass of the Immortal Jelly. Cheers! 4/6

Availability: I guess you have one more reason to come to Berlin as the Immortal Jelly is only available at Muted Horn, a craft beer bar in Berlin-Neukölln.

Price: purchased from Muted Horn at 5.90 EUR.



2 thoughts on “Starcut Ciders Immortal Jelly

  1. Its pretty cool that you found a U.S. cider! Starcut has a small distribution area in the U.S. (and not in my area). I had only heard of a few varieties from here making it to Europe, such as the ubiquitous Angry Orchard – the sweet commercial cider which literally makes up about half of the cider sales in the U.S.

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  2. I was really surprised to see a U.S. cider in Berlin. Especially, that it is really hard to find any craft/real cider here. Sometime also ciders from B. Nektar are available. As for Angry Orchards, I think they manufacture their cider in Europe from concentrate. But I might be wrong about it.

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