Reviews

William Tell Dry Hard Cider with Strawberry

William Tell Dry Hard Cider with Strawberry

From an increasingly well distributed brand produced by The Cider Brothers in Lodi, California, this clear and pinkly-tinged cider doesn’t foam much, but does leave bubbles on the glass. Aromatically strawberry is decidedly in the ascent. It is a fresh strawberry aroma that mingles nicely with clear, ripe apple notes. This is sweet cider that,… Read more »

2 Towns Ciderhouse The Dark Currant Cider

2 Towns Ciderhouse The Dark Currant Cider

A limited release from Oregon’s 2 Towns Ciderhouse, The Dark Current is produced with Northwest apples and the addition of black currants. The new cider pours with a clear, dark ruby profile and leaves the errant bubble on the rim. The aromatics here are spot on black currant, a dominating aroma that wafts up out… Read more »

Mayador 2014 Sidra Espumante

Mayador 2014 Sidra Espumante

The foaming beginning gives away the cider’s sparkling nature, but the bubbles die down quickly leaving behind a brilliantly clear, richly hued golden liquid in the glass. The rising bubbles are medium to large and relatively few. Aromatically, the notable Asturian sour profile is evident, but subdued. The sidra possesses a barnyard note that lifts… Read more »

Mayador 2014 Natural Cider

Mayador 2014 Natural Cider

The Mayador Sidra Natural 2014 arrives in the glass with a spark of bubbles that dissipate, leaving behind a slightly cloudy, golden hue. It’s aromatic profile is decidedly Asturian. Soft wafts of lime blossom and citrus peel, notes of nail polish and vinegar along with undertones of ripe apple all come together in an aromatic… Read more »

Apple Outlaw Original Hard Cider

Apple Outlaw Original Hard Cider

With quickly disappearing bubbles, the Apple Outlaw Original quickly turns into a golden, brilliantly clear cider in the glass with the tiniest of bubbles continuing to rise. Upon sniffing, the cider gives up ripe apple aromas, a set of earthy/yeasty notes, near cinnamon notes and hits of ripe floral aromatics. Once in the mouth you… Read more »

Apple Outlaw Rabid Dry Cider

Apple Outlaw Rabid Dry Cider

The Rabid Dry from Apple Outlaw in Oregon’s Rogue Valley starts out brilliantly clear and with a gold hue to the organic liquid. The aromatics on this cider are compelling with its straight green apple notes, a hit of earth and yeast, brown sugar aromas and nice lime blossom halo. As advertised, this is dry… Read more »

Tilted Shed 2014 Graviva Blackberry

Tilted Shed 2014 Graviva Blackberry

Part of Tilted Shed’s Rare and Unusual Cider Series, the Graviva Blackberry from the 2014 harvest was produced in the tiniest of amounts: a mere 9 cases. The blackberry addition is evident in the purple tint of the cider, which also possesses quite visible effervescence, particularly upon pouring. The nose is an incredibly sweet and… Read more »

Tilted Shed 2014 Spinosa Sloe Cider

Tilted Shed 2014 Spinosa Sloe Cider

This unusual cider produced by Sonoma County’s Tilted Shed Ciderwords is made from local heirloom apples and sloe drupes, a small fruit relative of the plum often used to produce Sloe Gin. The cider begins with a golden/orange hue and is completely still. The nose throws distinctive spice and graphite notes and frankly one might… Read more »

Tilted Shed Topwork Dry Cider

Tilted Shed Topwork Dry Cider

A new cider from Sonoma County’s trailblazing Tilted Shed Ciderworks, this effervescent cider is produced from Heirloom apples grown in two different years. The blend of apples consists of Gravenstein, Rhode Island Greening, Transcendent Grab, Nehou and other varieties. Light gold in color with tiny to small bubbles actively rising, the Topwork is fine to… Read more »

Henry Hotspur’s Hard Pressed Spiced Cider

Henry Hotspur's Hard Pressed Spiced Cider

This is a novelty cider produced exclusively for Trader Joe’s and should be no problem for many to find. Light gold in color and pushing small bubbles, this spiced cider is fine to look at. Additionally it is as advertised. The back of the bottle description ends with “tastes like apple pie in a bottle.”… Read more »