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Judge's Review: 92 Rating - Pommeau by 2 Towns Ciderhouse

December, 2019
Judges Rating: 
92
Aroma: 
22 / 24
Appearance: 
5 / 6
Flavor: 
37 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
19 / 20

Pommeau by 2 Towns Ciderhouse was judged outside the BJCP cider guidelines, which don't recognize sweet dessert wines made from apples. Served in a small brandy snifter at 54oF/12oC. Deep golden color with haze. Completely still. Legs on glass looks viscous. 

The nose is redolent with sweet apple, pear and almond with a hint of cinnamon and cardamon mixing with a strong woody alcohol note of brandy/eau de vie fortification. This is really no cider at all -- the huge alcohol foundation belies any notion of that. A very lush, vinous and heavily sweet and fruity aroma with loads of alcohol just screams apple dessert wine, and a massive and sweet one at that.  

The flavor mimics the nose with a rush of overripe apple/pear sweetness up front mixing with strong ethanol and a lovely faint spicy-cinnamon angle heat. The late palate is woody, rich and faintly hot with alcohol without being lacquer-like, with complementing madeira-like nuttiness of almonds and stone fruit pit. The finish is very sweet and lush with lingering fresh bright but very ripe apples/pomme fruit. The acid matches the sweetness well, and the balance is..well, sweet and almost unbelievably long.  

Overall, if you want to try a new approach to dessert wine with strong apple notes, faint spice and enough sugar, acid, and ethanol to end virtually any meal, this works. I like it a lot, and am heading to my humidor for a puro. Salud!

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