About Specialty Cider

About Specialty Cider
Specialty ciders include all ciders that do not fit neatly into other categories. These ciders may be barrel-aged, dry-hopped, spiced, made with single or heirloom apple varietals, fermented with an exotic or wild yeast strain, or any combination of these techniques. Ciders in this category have a diverse set of flavors, aromas and alcohol content. Most specialty ciders have seasonal or limited availability, but are becoming more readily available year-round as the category grows in popularity.

Top Picks for Specialty Cider

No Boats on Sunday  BC Cider
90 points
$10
Best Buy
White gold color. Pungent, herbal aromas and flavors of cannabis, pickled ramps, dill, melon, banana, and butane with a supple, tangy, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, charming, medium-long finish that shows notes of apple-herb relish, clementine, and fruit salad. A rock-solid Hopped Cider with a nice balance of fruit and herbal flavors on the palate that will appeal to a IPA drinker.
90 points $10 Best Buy
No Boats on Sunday  Hopped Cider
89 points
$3
Best Buy
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of gooseberry jam on brie, whole banana and mango, cinnamon apple relish, and green leafy herbs with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, fast finish conveying notes of underripe orange and oregano peppered melon rind. A nice quaffable Hopped Cider with restraint.
89 points $3 Best Buy
Two K Farms  2018 Barrel Aged Specialty Cider
88 points
$14
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Vinous aromas and flavors of golden delicious apples, pineapple upside down cake, roasted peaches, and buttered popcorn with a satiny, lively, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish that shows accents of pumpkin loaf finish. A barrel-aged Cider for Chardonnay lovers; toasty, autumnal and balanced.
88 points $14 Best Buy
No Boats on Sunday  NS Cider
87 points
$3
Best Buy
Straw green color. Savory aromas and flavors of apple vinaigrette, gooseberry and herb jam, and hint of acetone with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, scant finish that shows notes of apples in a wet wicker basket, nut skin, and apple cider vinegar. A savory and rustic Cider for pairing with game.
87 points $3 Best Buy
Kystin  Cuvée XVII Apple-Chestnut Cider
87 points
$24
Gold color. Rustic aromas and flavors of grassy mud, oiled leather, mushroomy forest floor, and smoked celery with a supple, racy, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a compelling, medium-long finish with accents of apple sauce in a teak bowl, apple core and seed, carob-caramel-nut cookie, and cedar mulch. An assemblage of earthy, fruity, and woody tones make this a good choice for adventurous sessions and pairings.
Milea Estate  Wild Goose Bourbon Barrel Aged Hard Cider
83 points
$10
Silvery straw color. Interesting aromas and flavors of match lit coconut candle, apple keffir, yogurt macadamia nuts, and steamed rice with a supple, racy, spritzy, dryish medium body and an interesting, medium-length finish with overtones of starfruit, lime peppered jicama, bamboo shoots, and mulch. A nice dry, wood-accented Cider that will be great with shellfish.