It’s Christmas Eve, and I want some cider! So I went out and got me a whole bunch to try out that I’ve never had before. Shall we begin!
First up is Johnny Appleseed Hard Cider. This tasty cider is pretty sweet. It’s not overbearing sweet, but noticeably sweet. It’s 5.5% and is produce out of New York. It has a really delightful effervescence to it. A very nice baseline cider, recommended.
Next up is Crispin Natural Hard Blackberry Pear Cider. Now I’m generally not a fan of Crispin because a majority of their ciders are dry to extra-dry and that’s just not my bag. However, with it being Blackberry Pear, I figured it would be sweeter. Well, I was partly right. Frankly it tastes as if they took the regular Crispin dry cider, then simply added blackberry and pear from concentrate. It seriously tastes kind of artificial. Additionally it has a really odd after taste, can’t quite place it, but it’s odd. I’d suggest getting one in a mix-and-match pack, but avoid a sixer on this one. ***Note: About 5 or so minutes after writing this, I noticed that the ingredients actually list blackberry and pear juice concentrates. Ha.***
Next up is the frothy headed Cider Boys from WI. This cider has a crisp tartness to it. I didn’t notice it at first, but after a few drinks, the tartness really starts to show through. It is not overbearing, at least not for me anyhow. Very tasty cider I must say.
Wyder’s Reposado Hard Cider is a very interesting cider. This is the strongest of what I chose at 6.9% and comes from Vermont. I can’t quite place it, but it almost kind of tastes like licorice. Additionally there is a flavor of soda or pop, can’t quite place it. Now in the world of Tequilla, reposado means that the beverage is aged a minimum of two months. The label does show that’s barrel aged, so perhaps the barrel aging is what is giving it this unique flavor profile. I’m not sure what exactly has gone into this, but it’s uniquely tasty, very much suggested.
Next up is Hornsby’s Crisp Hard Cider. It is certainly crisp and it’s definitely hard cider, but there isn’t really anything particularly special about this cider from Vermont. It’s good, on the sweeter side, and is most refreshing. The finish is clean, a minor syrupy aftertaste, but overall a very solid cider.
Now the next selection was Original Sin Hard Cider, now, this one is a little odd. When I initially smelled it first, it had a very odd, somewhat foul smell. Upon tasting, it has a very odd taste to it. There is a strange carbonation to it and as Jenna described “it was like you could taste it, then the taste just disappeared, then it came back… it was very strange.” After trying and trying and trying, I just can’t enjoy this. Then I take a gander at the label and one of the ingredients is champagne yeast, that would entirely explain the strange flavors.
One of the items in the photos that I won’t actually discuss is Strongbow Gold Apple Hard Cider. Reason? Becuase I’ve had it before and it’s ok. See, Strongbow used to be really, really great. Then when Heineken purchased the importing right in 2013, the recipe seemed to change and frankly I don’t think for the better. Granted, Strongbow is good, but I just don’t think it’s nearly as good as it used to be.
Ciders are my favorite, no doubt. Maybe tell me your opinion on some of the above ciders or perhaps your favorites.