2017 Apple-Pocalypse - Cider Tasting


#23

Alright, I’m back in the states, and drifting around trying ciders at a break-neck pace.

The first cider I’m adding to the tasting is Dan Armor Pear. Made in the north of France, it’s a balanced 100% pear cider with a sweet start and a tart finish. Simple and quite refreshing.


#24

Me and my mate @TK would be into this. Sign us up.


#26

Alright. Both of you are now most officially on the list!


#27

Alright ladies and gents, I’ve been trying what ciders I can, and we’re getting closer to the full 10 bottle line-up.

D’s Wicked Cider the Baked Apple was tried and found lacking, but I’ve found two wondrous amalgamations that I’ve procured and added to the list.

Remember last year where I was sad that I couldn’t find the Finn River Cider that I wanted? Well, this year the problem has been ameliorated. I’ve got two bottles of Finn River Black Currant Cider from the Olympic Peninsula. It remains one of my favorite sour ciders with a tart finish, and the vague menthol notes of black currant.

And then, from Sonoma California, a weird one. Ace Cider’s SPace Blood Orange Craft Cider. It’s sweet and tart, and unusual. Refreshing and unique, it’ll be part of our list.

I’m still working on the 4 basic ciders (sweet, semi-sweet, dry, and fucking English) and a few others, but I’ll let you guys know as things progress!


#28

Alright, the English cider has been narrowed down, and the winner is

Aspall, brewed in Suffolk England. It’s got a nice fruity bloom at the start, but ends with a taste as dry as English wit.

I’m hoping to get my hands on some local orchard cider from the locals, but I’ll let you know as things develop.


#29

I’m getting so excited about this! <3


#30

It’s gonna be good! I still have about 5 to track down. I’m looking for good sweet ciders now.


#31

I would love to be on the list and to bring some ciders!


#32

Alright, you’re on the VIP list.

If you bring cider, just try to bring enough for everyone (I’m figuring about a liter of each will do.)


#33

Alright, I tried some weirdness in the form of cactus fruit cider and cider with mint and lime which were . . . unique, but not necessarily in the best of ways.

However, I have found 2 more to add to the list.

For a good basic American cider we have Newton’s Folly Granny Smith Draft Cider from Middlebury Vermont. It’s crisp and refreshing, and has a nice roundness.

For a more wine-like cider we have Incline Cider Company’s Compass Rose Hibiscus Cider. It’s a more heavy wine style, with hints of elderflower, ginger, and honey. It’s subtle, but full without being overwhelming.

I’ve got 4 more before the list is filled out. I’m venturing out to Portland to see what I can find tomorrow.


#34

I know Bushwacker Cider in Portland has a rather large bottle shop if you’re looking to check someplace out. Their website says they have over 340 bottled ciders! http://www.bushwhackercider.com/


#35

You mad genius. I was there not 2 hours ago! And I’ve added to my extensive haul.


#36

Alright, family, today I went to Portland, and I have returned with a glorious bounty.

Added to the runnings are . . .

Craigies Ballyhook Flyer - The best goddamned cider in ireland. Found this in Dublin and loved it. Was fortunate enough to find 2 bottles in Portland. It’s crisp, dry, and something fierce.

Cider Riot’s Lemmy’s Summer Camp - a cider with Meyer lemons. It’s not that lemony, but has an odd pleasing flavor that reminds me of Christmas. Very zesty, too unique to leave out.

Isastegi - Spanish Basque style cider - If you have never had a Basque cider, you are in for an experience, and possibly a treat. This dry and relitively flat cider has hints of olive and apple must as well as a vinegary kick. Very potent.

And last but not least - Shilling’s Grapefruit and chill. It’s sweet, refreshing, and tangy. A wonderful summer brew that’s fresh, but not overbearing.

There’s one more spot on the list, but I’m going to leave it to a mystery growler fill. I have one in mind that’s technically a cocktail, but if I can find it you will be in a dark sweet chocolate apple mystery.

Looking forward to this. Stay safe, and see you all soon.


#37

Sweet! I’m glad you found it.


#38

Uploading… So I’ve confirmed that i will make it and I’ll be bringing two of each of these flavors, as well as two Stella Artois Cidres for tasting. So I’ll have 5 flavors to bring


#39

Alright! That’s gonna make this into a party. I’ll meet up with you there and we can schmooze about the best order to put them in.

Thanks for pitching in!


#40

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