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Old 08-05-2008, 05:48 AM   #31
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ok, I did manage to try the 3 sample bottles this weekend. It was certainly interesting to try the 3 variations of this recipe. As I still have 2 or 3 more 12oz sample bottles of each batch, I'll give these a little more time and try another round every month or so before cracking open the 1-liter bottles.
For what it's worth, here's my simple first impression of each

Lalvin EC-1118: not actually too different from Montrachet. Not better IMO, but not bad either. Not different enough though to warrant doing this one again any time soon.

Premier Cuvee: a noticeable difference from Montrachet. Kind of hard to put a finger on it, but still very good. Maybe not quite as "wine tasting"... Need to try another one.

Cote des Blancs: the first thing I noticed about this was the lack of any smell... Very smooth though and quite different from the others I think. Quite drinkable.

I know these are kind of lame descriptions, but this kind of stuff is hard to describe for me. Anyway, I'll give these a little more time and report back.

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Old 08-05-2008, 07:07 PM   #32
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Cote des Blancs: the first thing I noticed about this was the lack of any smell... Very smooth though and quite different from the others I think. Quite drinkable.
Good. I had read in another thread the the Cote De Blanc left a strong buttery taste in a members batch.

Since this is my first Apfelwien batch, I was praying that it would turn out drinkable.
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Old 08-06-2008, 05:04 AM   #33
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Good. I had read in another thread the the Cote De Blanc left a strong buttery taste in a members batch.

Since this is my first Apfelwien batch, I was praying that it would turn out drinkable.
I kind of remember reading that too. Made me worry a bit as well, but it turned out fine it seems. Good luck with your first batch! It should turn out just fine.
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Old 08-14-2008, 03:35 AM   #34
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So any other thoughts on Cuvee? Anyone else try it? I have pretty much stopped using Montrachet, only because Cuvee is a friendlier yeast all around (faster, less odor, larger temp range, etc.) and the taste is so good, I can't justify not using it.

In other words I see no gain in using Montrachet over Cuvee.

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Old 08-14-2008, 03:48 AM   #35
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Hmm, about 2 seconds after that post I cracked a bottle of Montrachet and it is really good. It is almost aging better than the Cuvee if that's possible.

Ahhh freak it all, no choice but to have 10 gallons of both going at all times just to be sure

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Old 08-14-2008, 11:48 AM   #36
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Hmm, about 2 seconds after that post I cracked a bottle of Montrachet and it is really good. It is almost aging better than the Cuvee if that's possible.
Uh huh, I knew you would see the light.
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Old 08-19-2008, 03:33 AM   #37
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No worries Ed! The Montrachet version is hard to beat and I just made another batch with it myself. Saw I had a few empty EZ-Cap bottles laying around and figured in a month or so I'd have enough. Still, the variants seem pretty good as well -- just different.

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They were out of the Montrechet at the store and the llavin one that is about the same. But they had Cuvee so that's what I got sounds like I made a lucky choice. I would prefer a sweeter cider as opposed to a dry wine taste.

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Old 08-17-2010, 05:13 PM   #39
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What is 3068 that has been mentioned a few times earlier in this thread?...and by earlier i do me an few years...haha

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