This Friday I am venturing back into cider country to assess Gin Botanical Hard Cider from Seattle Cider Co.
This cider is described as a semi-dry fermented with spent gin botanicals and showcasing lemon, orange rind, juniper, cucumber and verbena.
Gin Botanical pours a very, very pale yellow with lots of carbonation on the initial pour though it becomes almost still after a bit. A subtle sweet and grassy nose, slightly sweet cider that carries lots of juniper flavour. The gin character really comes through adding an interesting twist on a straight-up apple based cider (though like craft beer there is no straight-forward any more). Overall this cider falls a bit more on the sweet spectrum than I would prefer but the flavours make this an impressive spring/summer sipper.