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Finnriver Honey Meadow Cider

Honey Meadow Cider

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Finnriver's 'Elijah K. Swan' Infused Botanical Hard Ciders are named after the good folks who sold us the farm (Lige & Kay Christian) and who first planted apple trees here, as well as for the trumpeter swans that overwinter in the valley.  This cider is a tribute to our neighbors and to those big white birds who remind us that earth is still wild.  Each season the 'Elijah K. Swan' release seeks to capture the wild and garden-grown taste of life on the Olympic Peninsula.

The Honey Meadow cider is our SPRING release, featuring Finnriver's bright base of fermented organic apples, backsweetened with Olympic Peninsula honey and infused with local lemon balm and chamomile.  With thanks to Denise at Mountain Spirit Herbal Company and Tinker Cavallero, local gardener extraordinaire, for finding us just the right herbs for this blend.  Drinking this might make you feel like a happy honeybee after a great green day among the blossoms...

Finnriver Cider by Jameson Fink

Jameson Fink's Tasting Notes:

Don’t be fooled by “Honey” being the first word you see. This cider is just kissed with Olympic Peninsula honey on the finish; I find more flavor influence from the lemon balm and chamomile. It’s like the world’s greatest calming herbal tea blend, but with apples, fizz, and and some alcohol. I’d like to try it with a coconut curry infused with lots of lemongrass; the zip of the lemon balm would cut through the richness of the sauce as well as compliment the lemongrass. And if, like me, you don’t like to skimp on the fiery chiles, that touch of sweetness from the honey will put out any spicy fire.

Jameson Fink

Tasting notes written by Seattle writer Jameson Fink during an arduous spring afternoon on the farm, sipping cider and listening to the cows low. Nominated for a 2013 Saveur Best Food Blog Award, you can keep up with what's in his glass at

Photo credit Jameson Fink