Today, we are very pleased to introduce the Coup de Foudre, a cider that is artisanally hand-made by our friends at Botanist and Barrel in North Carolina. Literally translated to "love at first sight", this organic, unfined, unfiltered, and unpasteurized cider is aged in French Sauternes barrels and is bottle conditioned—the cider-making technique that is akin to methode traditionelle. Driven by notes of mango, honeyed pear and almond, Coup de Foudre is bright and elegant.
“As certified organic farmers, we value quality over quantity. Similar to world-class viticulture for wines, we farm for flavor by dry-farming. While this keeps yields down, it keeps quality up. We partner with other farmers who share our belief. As fruits contain a 'bloom,' the powdery white coating found on fruit that contains ambient yeast. We love this natural and wild yeast and have isolated and banked our farm's wild blueberry yeast to create unique and lovely ciders.
Our ciders are made without additives. They are 'still alive' as we never kill or remove the mixed cultures (yeasts) through unneeded processing. We choose not to fine, filter, or pasteurize.”
-Lyndon and Kether Smith