What am I: American Luke Schomer has spent his whole life fermenting – fermenting wine, beer, cider, and of course, ideas. Having been a journeyman beverage maker for many producers in the United States, Luke got his education learning how to ferment nearly every kind of alcoholic beverage there is.
After meeting his Portuguese bride-to-be and living for some time more in the USA, the couple decided to move to Portugal to raise their family (Daughters of Madness is named for their three daughters) and enjoy the family-focused culture of Portugal as well as be close to an abundance of raw material for his fermentation desires including apples for cider and grapes for wine.
Although Luke and his family live full time in the capital of Lisbon, they spend every available moment searching the vineyards and orchards of the Serra Montejunto, particularly around the region of Alcobaça, near where the ciders and wines are made. Alcobaça is a location known throughout Europe for the quality of its apples, and the diversity of its apple varieties. This no doubt provides an exciting palate of apple-based flavors for Luke to base his ciders on, and the results of his first commercial release are proof of that.
The newest cider creation from DOM was housed in French Burgundy barrels. 25 hefty kilograms of Belgian black currants (groselha preta) were added to each barrel alongside a small satchel of star anise. After months of aging - the barrel whispered that the “Pearl” was all developed and it was time to bottle. You will find this cider fruity, earthy, and a tickle higher in acidity. The star anise adds soft notes of clove and cola.
Region, Sub-region and/or DOC: Lisboa
Apple Varieties: Mixture of Portuguese apple varieties and Belgian black currants
Alcohol by volume: 6%