My brother-in-law asked me if it was really a good idea to prune apple trees in the winter. It seemed to him that cutting the limbs during the freezing temperatures would put more stress on the tree. I can understand why he might feel this way. This weather is difficult for many of us mammals. It would seem more insulting to injury to require an organism to endure not only months of freezing temperatures but to heal new wounds at the same time. Fortunately, that’s not quite the case. We may learn a lesson from the trees that go dormant at this time of year. It’s okay to rest. This is a good time of the year to dump what we don’t need.
I may have strayed too far from the cider review, but that’s where I’m at now. I run in hardcore winter mode. I do the things I need to do and some warm up my spirits, but I mostly just hang around until the days get a little longer. But luckily for me, I can enjoy semi-hibernation with some good cider. This week, I’m sharing my thoughts on the McIntosh Single Varietal from Bauman’s Cider Company.
Bauman’s Cider Cidery small cider company has been named to GLINTCAP for the year 2021. The headquarters is located in Gervais Oregon. The cemetery was established in a small family farm and orchard by Christine Walter whose journey in cider attempts to balance family tradition and expertise with modern scientific knowledge.
I’ve only reviewed one Bowman’s juice before, the Mountain Rosé. I made my top ten list for 2020. This raises my expectations.
Here’s that review: http://alongcameacider.blogspot.com/2020/04/cider-review-baumans-cider-mountain.html
I recommend visiting Bauman’s Cider online to learn more: https://baumanscider.com/
Here’s the basic information I was able to get online for a McIntosh Single Varietal.
Macintosh Varied One | 6.0% ABV
Gold Medal – 2021 International Preparation Competition (UK)
Gold Medal – 2021 Portland International Competition
Gold Medal – Great Lakes International Competition 2021
Platinum Medal – SIP Magazine Best Northwest Awards
We started by importing McIntosh apples grown by our McIntosh Cider Our friends are in Petrotrot Valley, Montana. We do minimal intervention so it is necessary The apple flavor shines through, as we leave a little leftover sweetness for rich presentation Apple flavor and aroma.
Appearance: Tuscany yellow, shiny, few bubbles
When looking at the color schemes of shades, this is very similar to Tuscany yellow. It gives that sunny warmth. The cider is great with just a few visible bubbles.
Flavors: apple juice, cherry blossom, cinnamon and peach
McIntosh is very aromatic and full of juicy apples. The nose also features elements that evoke cherry blossom, cinnamon, and peach.
Sweetness / Dryness: semi-sweet
I’d call it semi-sweet, but some people might interpret it as more like semi-dry. The sweetness is pleasant and well integrated.
Experiment with flavors and drink: juice, crunchy, apple, tart
This is a treat! The McIntosh Single Varietal from Bauman’s Cider Company makes me happy that I chose it for my cider today. The first impression is plenty of ultra-fresh malic acid, which makes every sip crunchy and delicious. Apple juice tastes more directly like apples than most of the people I drink. It capitalizes on the fruity, sweet and juicy experience of fully ripe Macintosh apples.
There’s more to this apple juice than just instant fruit. The McIntosh is a light tan with the texture of coarse sandpaper. I love this thing about him. It has clean fermentation. There is no whiff of funk. I appreciate McIntosh’s medium intensity of shine and massive body. This cider stays fun from end to end with its honeyy finish. My high expectations were fully met!
Cheers to enjoying good cider while not doing too much. This is a very convenient way to beat the winter.