Clear and sparkling with just a hint of lingering yellow haze. The Anne Bonny is a bourbon barrel-aged cider produced with Granny Smith apples. The nose, with just a hint of spice and vanilla gives away the barrel aging pedigree. But there’s more. Off to the side, lingering, one notes aromas of ripe apple, apricot and something floral. It’s a very inviting nose. Structurally, the Anne Bonne is a very smooth drink that doesn’t carve across the tongue with tannin nor sting with too much acid. However, one does feel the lingering heat of its 10.5% alcohol level. The effervescence is minimal. The flavor profile is equally complex. Soft notes of stewed apple, a farm-yard funkiness, earth, and ripe (not sweet) lemon flavors all mingle together. This is a substantial cider due to its complexity as well as the alcohol level. We think it would work wonderfully as a pairing with something substantial such as roasted chicken, grilled sausage, or stuffed Portobello mushrooms.
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