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.

2017 Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition, GOLD MEDAL
2017 CIDERCRAFT Magazine Awards, GOLD MEDAL
2018 Good Food Awards, Winner
2018 Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition, SILVER MEDAL

 

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

Kingston Black

Kingston Black apples are often considered the epitome of cider apples. They produce a cider rich in flavor, slightly bitter, and medium bodied. Kingston Black takes its name from the town of Kingston near Taunton in Somerset, England–the heart of cider in the UK. It is thought to have been originally identified in the 19th century. This is a limited bottling, with only 103 cases produced in 2018.

2017 Cidercraft Magazine Awards, GOLD MEDAL
2018 Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition, SILVER MEDAL

Tasting Notes

Appearance – Golden color, slight haze
Aroma – Dried apricot, clover, resinous cedar
Taste – Dried apple, clementine, hints of honey, slightly bitter
Mouthfeel – Medium body, lingering astringent finish; lightly 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.

2018 Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition, BRONZE MEDAL

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.

2018 Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition, SILVER MEDAL

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. The Newtown Pippin apple has an exceptional balance of flavors to make a bright and crisp single varietal cider. Light and refreshing with notes of green apple and a clean finish, it almost drinks more like a sparkling white wine.

Tasting Notes

Appearance – Clear, straw color
Aroma – Green apple, honeydew melon, clover
Taste – Delicate white wine flavors, lightly mineral, tart green apple notes, lime zest
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.

2018 Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition, BRONZE MEDAL

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

Made with 100% pears. Our Perry features seedling pears that are unique to Vashon Island, harvested from trees that were likely planted by homesteaders around 100 years ago. These Vashon pears are blended with true English perry pears. The Perry has a subtle sweetness, a delicate pear flavor, and lovely round tannins.

2017 Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition, GOLD MEDAL
2017 CIDERCRAFT Magazine Awards, GOLD MEDAL
2018 Good Food Awards, Winner
2018 Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition, SILVER MEDAL
2018 Portland International Cider Cup, GOLD MEDAL

Tasting Notes

Appearance – Slight haze, very light golden
Aroma – Pear drops, floral, pear skin
Taste – Honey, melon, rose, subtle pear, confectionary
Mouthfeel – Light tannins, slightly astringent finish