About English Cider

About English Cider
English-style ciders range in alcohol from 5-10% and feature austere and muted apple aromas and flavors. These ciders can be produced anywhere in the world, as long as English-origin apple varieties are used. English-style ciders are typically full-bodied and dry, and may also feature a slight “barnyard nose.”

Top Picks for English Cider

Two K Farms  2019 Kingston Black English Cider
89 points
$14
Best Buy
Bright yellow straw color. Spicy aromas and flavors of black licorice, sassafras and peppermint with a satiny, lively, effervescent, medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish with accents of shortbread and marmalade. A single-variety Cider that offers something completely different; explore the hot Kingston Black variety and enjoy this cider with unlimited pairing possibilities; light, bright, spicy and alluring.
89 points $14 Best Buy
Magners  Original Irish Hard Cider
86 points
Pale topaz orange color. Aromas and flavors of baked apple, white stilton with apricots, water cracker, and muskmelon with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, dryish light body and a polished, brisk finish displaying accents of saffron, pepper, and honey finish. A delicately flavored, approachable English Cider.
Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery  Organic English Cider
84 points
$4
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas of citrus kombucha, cherry wood, and dill pickle with a supple, soft, petillant, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, rapid black tea finish. A lovely English Cider quaffer.
84 points $4 Best Buy
Two K Farms  Arthur English Cider
83 points
Yellow straw color. Aromas of papaya Danish and pineapple husk with a satiny, vibrant, spritzy, bone-dry light body and an interesting, medium-length orange pith, bitter almond, and underripe apple finish. The fino sherry of English cider; bone dry, mineral-forward, with just a hint of nuttiness.