1785 Cider. No, 1785 is not a vintage. I don’t think you will find a cider that old! 1785 actually refers to the year where the house on a farm in the beautiful Black Forest belonging to Patrick and Wendy was built. Patrick grew up in the area making traditional “Moscht”, while his wife Wendy originally comes from Seattle. And, Seattle its the place where the idea of making cider was born. Thanks to the progressing craft cider evolution in Seattle, both Patrick and Wendy decided to leave their well paid jobs and focus on cider making in Germany.
This will be my first time trying anything from this cider maker.
Company: 1785 Cider
Place of Origin: Unterkirnach, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Apples : a blend of local apple varieties
Sweetness as per label: brut
Package type: 750ml green glass bottle with crown cork
Recommended type of glass: white wine glass or tumbler
Appearance: pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow. The carbonation is moderate and natural. There is a foam that reduces slowly to a ring. Body is medium.
Aroma/Nose: the nose is moderately strong and complex with notes of yellow apple, ripe pear, some sweetness and spiciness. I’m also getting a touch of funk.
Taste: it starts dry with a touch of residual sweetness and a low to medium acidity of lemon. On the mid-palate, notes of yellow apple, lemon, low astringency and some bitter notes. Finishes dry with a touch of sherry and a touch of grapefruit-like bitterness and just bitterness.
Overall: The 1785 Brut is a properly made cider that has complexity, an array of flavours, good body and a long-lasting taste. The nose is strong and appealing. Like I said, it is properly made. From the technical point of view, I have nothing to complain about. Yet, I didn’t find it exciting. The combination of many flavours both on the nose and the palate didn’t steel my heart. And, I’m afraid I will rather quickly forget its taste as it resembles many others ciders or sparkling apple wines made with so called Streuobst apple varieties available out there. Then again, if you decide to purchase this cider I think that you will not regret your decision as like I said it is properly made. And, you might also enjoy its pleasantly coating citrusy notes like I did. But it’s not enough to call this cider very good. It’s simply good. 4/6
Availability: from their online shop.
Price: Patrick provided me with a sample.