Cider Review: Tieton Cider Works Apricot CIder

Brewery: Tieton Cider Works
Beer: Apricot Cider
Style: Cider
ABV: 6.5%
Character: Brewed with apricots
Ratings: BeerAdvocate: — | Untappd: 3.55/5
Metal Connection: THEE LETTING FORTH OF FIRE – Awegwia

BeerMetal Rating: 4/5

I am familiar with the Ciders by Tieton Cider Works. I have had the privilege of tasting 3 different flavors since 2013. I know that’s not a lot, but hey, I don’t drink ciders everyday, like I do beer (Well, not everyday, but I think you get the point!). I actually have had this particular one as well, before drinking it for a review here for the site. I really enjoyed it the first time I had it, so let’s see what my thoughts are now.

Poured into a Meridian Hive Meadery logo glass, the look of Apricot Cider was bright golden and clear. Very refreshing looking. That kind of look that makes your mouth water just upon gazing at the glass.

The aroma is a nice combination of crisp bitter sweet apples, tart apricot, white wine or champagne.

The taste is exactly the same. Right up front, the flavors of the bitter sweet apples hit the palate. That’s followed closely by the tart apricot. At the end of each drink I took, it felt like I was drinking a sweet and dry white wine or champagne.

The body was light with a dry mouthfeel and finish. Mild carbonation was present, giving this cider a bit of a sparkling white wine feel.

Overall, I was impressed by this cider. It delivered on it’s promise of flavors, and that is exactly what I look for when reviewing these drinks. It says apricot, and I got apricot. It is a cider, and I got apples. So far, the three different flavors I have tried from Tieton have all delivered on this, so I am really looking forward to hopefully trying other flavors provided by this Yakima, Washington cider company.

Metal Connection: I sure as shit knew that I would never find a good Metal song about apples, cider, or apricots. Second way to find a band, geography. I searched for Metal bands/songs from Yakima, WA, and I was lucky enough to find one. Thee Letting Forth of Fire is a Sludge/Doom Metal Metal band that hails from the same city as our featured cider company, Tieton. I was able to also find a very good quality YouTube video of one of their songs. Since this is the first time ever hearing about this band, I was a bit nervous that they would suck, and that I would have to keep searching for a song to pair here. “Awegwia” is a song that comes from the band’s 2007 full length album, Carry your Ash. This was an independent self released album. This song is 7:30 in length, and for a whole 5:15, it is just an instrumental, when the vocals finally come in. Musically, this song is very epic, and heavy. For some parts it reminds me of old songs from The Gathering. Of course, when the vocals come in, I was not sure what to expect, but they are sung in a Death Metal growl, adding even more heaviness to this song. I will be looking to see if I could find more songs from this album, but if they are anything like “Awegwia,” then I know this will be an amazing album. I would say that I hope to hear from these guys again, but unfortunately they are said to be split up. Their career was from 2001-2012. During that time they released one EP, two split albums, one with Behold, and the other with Blue Mouse Theatre., and then this one full length album. Alright, BeerMetal.net viewers, this is Thee Letting Forth of Fire…

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