Reviews

2013 Cyril Zangs This Side Up Sparkling Cider

2013 Cyril Zangs This Side Up Sparkling Cider

Produced from apples grown in a single orchard overlooking the North Sea in Normandy, the “This Side Up” Sparkling Cider from Cyril Zang sports a beautiful, richly golden robe that is home to a modicum of medium-sized, slowly ascending bubbles. The nose possesses a wonderful fresh earthiness. Notes of ripe apple, butterscotch and lemon rind… Read more »

Vins Arista Pomme de Coeur

Vins Arista Pomme de Coeur

The Pomme de Coeur is a dessert cider that sits in the glass as a clear, inviting, seductive golden liquid. Aromas of reduced apple syrup, honey, apricot tart and caramel. On the palate the intensely sweet apple notes jump up and grab you. The honey in the nose as well as the caramel fade and… Read more »

2 Towns Ciderhouse Prickle Me Pink

2 Towns Ciderhouse Prickle Me Pink

Well, this is by far the most colorful of the many ciders we have reviewed from 2 Towns. Gaining its color from additions of juice of the Prickly Pear, this apple-based cider is clear, brilliant and intensely ruby colored. Aromatically, imagine fresh-cut strawberries rolled in a bowl of rose petals. It’s a very feminine set… Read more »

2014 Shacksbury 1840 Craft Cider – Limited Release Collection

2014 Shacksbury 1840 Craft Cider - Limited Release Collection

A somewhat muddy gold and yellow liquid pours with no foaming. A bright citrus and underripe apple aroma lifts out of the glass with a note of nail polish/volatile acidity a la Spanish Asturian cider. Mineral and delightful floral notes waft about, weaving in and out of the dominant citrus.  A nutty note brings up… Read more »

2014 Shacksbury Classic Craft Cider

2014 Shacksbury Classic Craft Cider

Clear and brilliant with a pure golden hue. The cider from Vermont’s Shacksbury pours with no foaming. Spicy fresh apple aromas come first with notes of molasses following along. The flavors are complex in this one with a host of earthy and woody notes orbiting around a core fresh to cooked apple flavor. Stray barnyard… Read more »

Aspall Imperial English Cider

Aspall Imperial English Cider

Richly colored with a dark gold robe made active with fast rising, very small bubbles. Perfectly brilliant. As the name of the cider suggests, the nose delivers up sparkles of sweet alcohol notes. Citrus aromas mingle with lovely floral elements. An edge of dark spice rounds out the aromatic profile. Despite the 8.2% alcohol (which… Read more »

Sheppy’s Somerset Draught Cider

Sheppy's Somerset Draught Cider

Gold colored and brilliant itsy bitsy bubbles rising. The nose delivers a distinct cheesy aroma that, while blowing off to a degree after a time in the glass, still remains as the dominant aroma. Once the cheese melts somewhat, a bit of farmyard rises along with muted dried apple notes. Semi sweet ripe apple flavors… Read more »

Oliver’s Classic Perry

Oliver's Classic Perry

Brilliant liquid of light orange and rose colors with tiny, measured bubbles on the rise. A distinctly sweet caramel aroma hits first. Baked pear with notes of tropical fruit. Distinct and intense. Sweet pear notes consume the palate. This is sweet, fruit-forward cider that is someone of a one note. The light body also delivers… Read more »

2013 EZ Orchard Poire

2013 EZ Orchard Poire

Bright and clear, highly effervescent and sporting active medium to large bubbles that move! A nose that delivers a hint of savory funk, muted apple and pear notes and a yeasty whiff. Once gulped this perry offers up refined and sophisticated and well delineated muted pear and apricot flavors. More of that savory near salty… Read more »

2014 Scar of the Sea California Hard Cider

2014 Scar of the Sea California Hard Cider

Produced from apples cultivated on California’s central coast, the Scar of the Sea cider is an opaque foamy drink to begin, before calming down to an opaque, citrus colored cider. There is a salty, savory character in the nose along with bright and sweet lemon notes, tart apple, and candied banana. It’s an interesting collection… Read more »