About Heritage Cider

About Heritage Cider
Heritage ciders are those made from heirloom and cider variety apples. These varieties are called sharps, sharp-sweets, bittersharps, and bittersweets. While these types of apples typically don't make for great snacking, their acidity and tannin content make for great cider. Heritage ciders can be both sweet or dry, and often have a wine-like flavor profile. Sugar and acid are often in harmonious balance, and there typically a slight astringency due to the tannic nature of the apples. Seek out these ciders and discover complex, traditional flavor profiles.

Top Picks for Heritage Cider

E.Z. Orchards  Roman Beauty Semi Dry Cider
94 points
Gold color. Attractive aromas of leather patina, warm earth, foraged mushrooms, lime spritzed jicama, and grilled corn with a round, crisp, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a complex, very long peach preserves, bruleed lemon, butter, and sesame candy finish. French cider lovers may fall in love with this balanced new world heritage cider with great balance, texture, and endless finish.
Angry Orchard  E.Z. Orchards Collaboration Understood in Motion 02
92 points
Minutely hazy golden yellow color. Attractive aromas of dried orange peel, warm pie crust, caramelized citrus, and white peach with a round, lively, spritzy, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, intricate, medium-long underripe pineapple and kumquat finish. A dusty, rustic cider with an authentic feel; delicious with a rich meal.
E.Z. Orchards  Hawk Haus Semi Dry Cider
91 points
Light gold color. Inviting aromas of ripe pineapple, butter-sauteed apples, pine, and demiglace with a velvety, crisp, effervescent, dry light-to-medium body and a sleek, complex, medium-long minerals and ripe apricot finish. A very table-friendly heritage cider that will elevate any meal.
Angry Orchard  Baldwin/Northern Spy Hard Cider
90 points
Hazy straw green color. Herbal aromas and flavors of verbena and lemon balm, frisee with vinaigrette and cashew, fallen apples on mossy forest floor, and celery root with a soft, bubbly, dry medium body and a cheery finish that shows notes of citrus and melon rinds, chalk, nutskin, and wheat grass finish. An earthy and bright cider for elevated pub grub; sauvignon blanc lovers need apply.
Angry Orchard  Cuvee 2 Hard Cider
87 points
Brilliant yellow straw color. Rustic, yeasty aromas and flavors of barn hay and horse blanket, schmaltz and romano cheese crisp, dried apple with honeycomb, and brewer’s yeast in a pewter bowl with a supple, tart, effervescent, bone-dry medium body and an interesting, medium-length finish manifesting notes of arugula and grass, baked apple core and lemon rind, and gravel road finish. A vinous and wild heritage cider for connoisseurs; serve in a champagne flute.
Angry Orchard  Baldwin Single Varietal Hard Cider
83 points
Minutely hazy yellow straw color. Earthy aromas and flavors of dusty radishes and root vegetables, overripe melon and spinach, barn hay, and mossy limestone with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a seamless, compelling, short finish revealing elements of apple skin and core, toasted baguette, reduced lemon, and ground nuts and bamboo shoot finish. An austere cider to pair with cheeses.