They first released it as part of their grand opening last summer. It was met with lots of oohs and ahhs. Instantly, a crowd favorite. And thus, I think it is worth talking about here on the blog. Seattle Cider Company’s Gin Botanical is uncommon and delicious. The unique flavor profile comes, in part, from the addition of gin botanicals provided by Batch 206 distillery. The plan is for the Gin Botanical to be a spring seasonal cider, available March through May.
The Gin Botanical will be available starting today (March 1st). Look for it in 22-ounce bottles at better beer/cider retailers around the around Seattle. Here is the press release announcing the release:
Seattle Cider Company Releases First of its Kind Gin Botanical Cider
Collaborating with local distillery Batch 206, Seattle’s first cidery since Prohibition releases one-of-a-kind Gin Botanical cider as spring seasonal
SEATTLE (February 27, 2014) – Seattle Cider Company, Seattle’s first and only cidery since Prohibition, is excited to release yet another stellar cider as part of its seasonal lineup – Gin Botanical. A first of its kind cider, available March through May, Seattle Cider’s Gin Botanical offers a distinctive flavor profile, thanks to the gin botanicals from Batch 206 Distillery added during fermentation. This one-of-a-kind style will be available in 22-ounce bottles and joins the growing cidery’s two year round ciders – Dry and Semi-Sweet, available in 16-ounce cans – on shelves and on draft throughout Washington, Alaska and Oregon beginning March 1.
“When we previewed this style at our opening in August last year, we knew it was going to be an instant favorite – people have been asking for it ever since,” said founder and head cidermaker Joel VandenBrink. “Made with 100 percent fresh pressed Washington apples, we add in the gin botanicals during fermentation, ensuring a flavorful and crisp cider that’s perfect for a Northwest spring.”
Seattle Cider’s Gin Botanical is a semi-dry cider unlike any other, showcasing notes of lemon, orange rind, juniper, cucumber and verbena. Like the spirit that inspired it, this cider is complex, clean, aromatic and refreshing. Offering a 6.5 ABV and just 1.8 Brix, this one-of-a-kind cider is dryer than most ciders found on the market today with aromas unlike any other. Pick up 22-ounce bottles at specialty bottles shops and grocery stores throughout Seattle beginning March 1, including Full Throttle Bottle, Chuck’s Hop Shop and Whole Foods. For a more complete list of locations, visit seattlecidercompany.com (subject to change and availability).
Seattle Cider’s initial offerings – Dry and Semi-Sweet – also break the mold of overly sweet cider, bringing the natural flavors of Washington apples to the forefront. Naturally gluten free and made from a custom blend of fresh pressed, Washington apples, Seattle Cider’s products are handcrafted with all natural ingredients, never from concentrate. Seasonal ciders, such as Gin Botanical, are to be released each quarter, offering unique and unexpected flavor profiles geared toward the season. A full list of year round, seasonal and limited edition ciders can be found at seattlecidercompany.com.
Find Seattle Cider products in stores and on tap throughout Washington, Oregon and Alaska, with growing list of locations available at seattlecidercompany.com. Expansion to Michigan, Idaho and Wisconsin is expected for late spring. Tastings, pints and limited edition ciders are also available at The Woods tasting room in SoDo (4700 Ohio Ave S), which shares the space with Two Beers Brewing Co. For more information, follow Seattle Cider Company on Facebook, Twitter (@seattleciderco) and Instagram (seattleciderco).
About Seattle Cider Company
Not your standard cider. Seattle Cider Company is the city’s first cidery since prohibition, bringing true craft cider back to Seattle. Bridging the gap between wine and beer with flavorful, small-batch cider, Seattle Cider’s initial offerings – Dry and Semi-Sweet – break the mold of overly sweet cider, bringing the natural flavors of Washington apples to the forefront. Naturally gluten free and made from a custom blend of fresh pressed, locally grown apples, Seattle Cider’s products are handcrafted with all natural ingredients and never from concentrate, successfully distinguishing themselves from the mass market cider found in stores today. Available in 16-ounce cans, Seattle Cider products are available at retailers and bottle shops throughout Seattle. Seattle Cider is also available on tap in Seattle-area bars and restaurants, with tastings, kegs and growler fills available at The Woods tasting room, located at 4700 Ohio Ave. S. in SoDo, open weekly Tuesday – Saturday. For more information, visit seattlecidercompany.com, or follow Seattle Cider Company on Facebook and Twitter (@seattleciderco).