Our December 2016 cidrbox was sold through Eden Specialty Ciders and shipped direct from their Northeast Kingdom Tasting Room in Newport, Vermont • Join us for a cider tasting with makers Eleanor Léger and David Biun »
Eden ciders originate in the crisp climate of the American Northeast along the 45th parallel, where the juice of their New England and Old-World apple varieties is naturally cold concentrated outdoors in the long Vermont winter prior to fermentation.
Given the latitude, it’s no surprise that Eden first gained critical attention for their award-winning ice cider, produced from New England and Old World heirloom apple varieties. In recent years the Eden team has applied the same cidermaking philosophy to create award-winning traditional ciders from the same regional orchards.
Eden ciders have won Best in Class at the Great Lakes International Cider Competition in each of the past six years. Most recently their Sparkling Dry Cider won Best in Class: New World Heritage in 2016, and the Eden Orleans Herbal won Best in Class: Specialty Cider and Perry 2017.
Eden was awarded the Good Food Gold in both 2016 and 2015 for their Heirloom, Brandy Barrel Heirloom, and their Sparkling Semi-Dry ciders; and Eden is the only cidery in the US to be awarded the Slow Food Snail of Approval for being good, clean and fair.
The cidery sources their apples from their own Eden Orchards, where they grow thirty-five varieties of apples bio-dynamically (a naturally organic method), as well as from six other notable regional orchards. Among them: Scott Farm of Dummerston, VT, Heath Orchards of Stanstead, QC, and Poverty Lane Orchards of Lebanon, New Hampshire.
Our greatest pleasure as cidermakers is working with the extraordinary apples we have in our region and the people who grow them. We are also excited to be a good market for special varieties that make great ciders but don’t have much appeal to typical grocery uses. We work with the same growers year after year in long-term partnership. Together we cope with what Mother Nature provides in the way of weather and help each other to insure quality fruit and quality ciders.
When you buy our ciders, you are supporting all of us, and our working landscape.
—Founder Eleanor Léger