Having heard good things from multiple sources, I’m quite excited to try out Newport Vineyards’ Rhody Coyote Hard Apple Cider. Made entirely from a blend of Rhode Island apples, they cold ferment the juice and bottle. Pouring the cider, a hit of apple comes at you that quickly that tapers off and requires you to really nose into the glass to find it again. Juicy apple with a slight woody scent at the end – makes me picture an old wooden crate at an orchard that soaked years of apples right into the grain. A clear liquid with a light Chardonnay color, it is surprisingly still for the burst of aromatics that came busting out at first pour. No bubbles after the initial contact with the glass, even moving it around it has the consistency and activity of a glass of regular water. The slightly sweet apple scent comes back into play as you draw the glass up for a sip, but not until your nose is almost taking a dip!
Wow, there comes the flavor again as the first sip goes down. A subdued sweetness comes in, an almost overripe apple taste. It's a crisp sweetness, not overripe like a baked apple or applesauce. It's definitely not cloying, but has that same sweetness you find when you get an apple just bursting with juice that runs down your hands as you crunch through it. Again, the woody tone comes in on the back of the tongue, an afterthought almost. I have no idea where it comes from, but it's a great combination! I understand what all the hype is about, because I'm loving this cider! Thank goodness it comes in a 750 ml bottle, so there is plenty for me and enough to share...because I know everyone is going to come back for more! This would be great with roasted meat or even grilled chicken. The bottle suggests chilling some to have with your catch of the day and seafood seems like a great partner as well. Hmmm, maybe I’ll have to check in with Chef John to see if we could get a seafood recipe with this - scallops anyone?
This bottle was purchased at Barb’s Beer Emporium in Concord, NH.