Our Ciders

Traditional Cider

Crafted from a blend of more than 20 traditional English and French cider apple varieties from our orchard on Vashon Island, WA. These special apples contribute a richness of flavor and character to cider that can’t be achieved with ordinary culinary apples.

Tasting Notes

Appearance – Very slight haze, full golden color
Aroma – Butterscotch, spice, hay, and a hint of leather
Taste – Dried apple, honey, tangerine zest, fennel, slight bitter finish
Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, balanced layered tannins, slightly effervescent

Wild Fermented Cider

This is the Dragon’s Head Cider version of a farmhouse cider. Rather than carefully selecting a yeast strain for the fermentation, we allowed the wild yeast present on the skin of the apples to ferment the cider. It’s a bit of a fun gamble, but one we believe is worth taking.

Tasting Notes

Appearance – hazy, straw color, some sediment may be present
Aroma – pineapple, green tea, apple blossom
Taste – lemon and young pineapple flavors are followed by mild spice and lingering grapefruit notes
Mouthfeel – medium body with mild astringency; lightly effervescent

Manchurian Cider

Our Manchurian Cider is made from a blend of apples, but features the unique characteristics of the Manchurian Crabapple. This petite yet bold apple imparts flavor and dimension to cider on a scale much larger than its size predicts.

Tasting Notes

Appearance – Clear, straw color
Aroma – Tropical fruit, woody resinous, lightly floral
Taste – Blood orange, tangerine, tart apple, pear
Mouthfeel – Pleasantly drying astringency, clean finish, lightly effervescent

Pippin Cider

Our Pippin Cider is a single varietal cider made from Newtown Pippin apples, one of the oldest American apple varieties. A favorite of Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, the Newtown Pippin apple has an exceptional balance of flavors to make a bright and delicious single varietal hard cider. This cider has lovely green apple notes and is a favorite of white wine drinkers.

Tasting Notes

Appearance – Clear, straw color
Aroma – Green apple, honeydew melon, clover
Taste – Delicate white wine flavors, light mineral and tart green apple notes, lemon zest finish
Mouthfeel – Spritely, lightly effervescent

Columbia Crabapple Cider

At Dragon’s Head Cider, we have a history of working with crabapples, coaxing these high acid, boldly flavored fruits into lovely fermented beverages. The Columbia Crabapple is our latest foray into the world of producing cider with crabapples, and it makes a bold statement. Dragon’s Head is known for producing dry ciders, and this cider is sweeter than any other we have produced before. The sweetness is countered by the tartness of the crabapple, producing a flavorful delight to the palate. While this cider drinks nicely on it’s own, we also find ourselves particularly inspired by it to create new and lovely cider cocktails.

Tasting Notes

Appearance – Clear, pale straw
Aroma – Rose, orange blossom, lemon rind
Taste – Bold sweet/tart contrasting flavors, lychee, kumquat
Mouthfeel – Light/medium body, lingering finish

Perry

The perfect beverage for a celebration. Our Perry features a blend of Taylor’s Gold pears with seedling pears unique to Vashon Island, planted by homesteaders around 100 years ago.

Tasting Notes

Appearance – Slight haze, very light golden
Aroma – Pear drops, ripe berry, floral, pear skin
Taste – Honey, melon, rose, subtle pear
Mouthfeel – Clean, slightly astringent finish