Floral Terranes 'Newtown Pippin' Cider 2021
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Newtown Pippin, a historic apple of Queens, is a single-variety cider that comes from Restoration Farm in Old Bethpage. This has a remarkable wine-like profile, with biscuity, creamy notes, silky texture, and some notes of sea-spray and umami. A truly next-level cider that is poised, subtle, and delicious, extending the gastronomic possiblities for cider while being deeply singular and expressive.
Restoration Farm in Old Bethpage, NY was supposed to be a 'living museum' recreting 19th century life on Long Island but the project went bankrupt in the 1980s. Now much of the land has been rehabilitated by local farmers and there is a unique planting of apple trees planted there with varieties unique to the northeast. There are no chemical sprays — instead a more labor intensive approach of integrated pest management and heavy pruning is employed. Jonathan Kemp