You know what? I like cider made from cider apples. Wild State Cider has the Heritage Apple Cider which is made with Cider Apples from the UK.
Yeah, this Minnesotan Cider is made with British apples. This isn’t completely unheard of in the US market where apple juice from the UK is either concentrated or just pasteurised and shipped to the US. The benefit is that the American cider makers can get hold of varieties and flavours not available at scale locally. The drawbacks can be degraded juice depending on how it is concentrated and how it’s treated en route. These apples were grown on the Mangles family orchard in Somerset.
To be clear the Wild State Cider Heritage Apple does NOT use concentrated juice.
The Wild State Cider Heritage Apple is subdued in the scent department. It is reminiscent of the other varieties I’ve recently tried. The Dabinett in the blend is there but you’ll need to sniff hard to find it.
Coming in at the dryer end of the spectrum this heritage cider is very approachable and easy to drink. The blending of the dessert apples with Dabinett and Chisel apples. The cider apples give it a bit of bight without overpowering. There is just enough tannin to give off the dabinette trade mark drying effect. I like it because there is a nice refreshing amount of fizz adding to the drinkability.
Final Thoughts on the Wild State Cider Heritage Cider
I don’t think I have tried an American made cider with British juice before. I totally understand what they are trying to achieve. I am putting this firmly in the category of gateway ciders. While it might not be the first cider someone new to the category will try due to rarity, it will be one of those that are getting the cider curious to dive a bit deeper to discover what true cider apples can do. There is certainly a spot in the market for that type of cider and the Wild State Cider Heritage Cider fills in perfectly
|Wild State Cider
|Country of Origin
|Duluth, Minnesota. Apples from the UK