Cidery: Angry Orchard (Walden, NY)
Cider: Walden Hollow*
Serving: 750mL Bottle
Style: Traditional Cider
Apple picking season has ended here in the Midwest, but we are excited about the fall hard cider season! Fall hard ciders are those that we think pair great with traditional fall holiday foods (e.g., Thanksgiving). Our first fall cider review of the year is Angry Orchard’s Walden Hallow.
Angry Orchard has become ubiquitous in the cider landscape and can be found in most US stores. Recently Angry Orchard has launched the Cider House Collection of small batch craft ciders. Walden Hallow, a cider is made exclusively with New York State apple varieties, including Rome, Jonathan, Macintosh, Newton Pippin, Golden Russet and Rhode Island Greening, is the fourth style in that line. The cider, which first debuted this summer, will be released annually in the spring – each time using a different apple blend.
Having tried several Angry Orchard varieties before we were pleasantly surprised by the off-dry, slightly sour and tannic flavors of Walden Hallow. The cider is produced using wild fermentation techniques resulting in a cider that is a milder version of the traditional farmhouse style. The wheat colored still cider has a yeasty apple aroma which is slightly present in the cider flavors. The cider is slightly acidic with a light apple taste followed by citrus notes. These sour citrus notes are reminiscent of a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, which typically has sour apple and grapefruit flavors.
Walden Hallow would pair very well with most Thanksgiving items. The slight acidity will cut through the richness of mashed potatoes while the citrus notes help the cider to pair well with herb roasted turkey breast and garlic sauteed green beans.
Score: 7/10 – Very Good
*Disclaimer: We typically buy most of the ciders we review, however, these were graciously provided to us by Angry Orchard. Their generosity in no way affects our review process.