A  cider session with Eden Specialty Ciders of Vermont

 

In December we traveled to Newport, Vermont to ship our first CIDRBOX and sit down with Eden Specialty Ciders at the Northeast Kingdom Tasting Center and taste their American heritage fine cider. We've shared that cider session—with its tasting notes, recommended pairings and conversation with cidermakers David Biun and Eleanor Léger and cider tasters Briana and Andrea—here for you. All of the ciders featured in this tasting shipped in the December 2016 CIDRBOX, curated by Eden Specialty Ciders.

Eden ciders originate in the crisp climate of the American Northeast along the 45th parallel, where the juice of their New England and Old-World apple varieties is naturally cold concentrated outdoors in the long Vermont winter prior to fermentation. Given the latitude, it’s no surprise that Eden first gained critical attention for their award-winning ice cider, produced from New England and Old World heirloom apple varieties. In recent years the Eden team has applied the same cidermaking philosophy to create award-winning traditional ciders from the same regional orchards.

Eden ciders have won Best in Show/Class at the Great Lakes International Cider Competition in each of the past 5 years. Most recently their Sparkling Dry Cider won GLINTCAP Best in Class: New World Heritage in 2016. Eden was also awarded the Good Food Gold in both 2016 and 2015 for their Heirloom, Brandy Barrel Heirloom, and their Sparkling Semi-Dry ciders.   

Eden is also the only cidery in the US to be awarded the Slow Food Snail of Approval for being good, clean and fair. 

 
Pair Eden Sparkling Dry Cider with Pork Roast with Apples and Onions—or, if you're lucky enough to live where oysters are fresh and plentiful, try it with several on the half-shell, unadorned.
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Founder and cidermaker Eleanor Léger surveys apples, soon to be pressed

Founder and cidermaker Eleanor Léger surveys apples, soon to be pressed

Eden sources their apples from their own Eden Orchards, where they grow thirty-five varieties of apples holistically, as well as from six other notable regional orchards. Among them: Scott Farm of Dummerston, VT, Heath Orchards of Stanstead, QC, and Poverty Lane Orchards of Lebanon, New Hampshire. 

Pair Eden Cider Cellar Series #5: Juliette with anything you might serve with a white wine—like a simply prepared salmon.
For dessert? Pair it up with a simple shortbread cookie. For something surprising? Pair Eden Heirloom Blend Ice Cider with Fois Gras during the meal.
For all its sophistication, Eden Cellar Series #4: Guinevere's Pearls makes a killer pizza cider. This cider was born to pair with cheese and smoked meats—which makes it a perfect fit with a cheese and charcuterie plate, too.
Try the Eden Imperial 11° Rose Cider with a really good burger, or pair it up with the salty tuna of a classic Salade Niçoise.

Maple crème brule. Salty caramels. A pear tart on a walnut shortbread crust. Or a stunning blue cheese. Any of these, paired with Eden Brandy Barrel Aged Heirloom Blend Ice Cider, will beautifully finish your meal.

Orchardist Benjamin Applegate and Eden Founder Eleanor Léger

 

Cidrbox.com connects people seeking orchard-driven cider with the artisans who make it. Each month we visit a single, distinctive American heritage orchard — where small producers grow, harvest, press, ferment and refine their cider — and we share their cider with our subscribers.

p.s. When we say cider, we mean hard cider: Artful fermentations of heirloom apples by master cidermakers. You must be at least 21 to drink what we deliver, and you will be asked for your ID and signature at the door.