About Cider

Cider is made from fermented apple juice. As with wine, the character and quality of the resulting product will bear heavily on the variety and quality of the fruit used. The cooler climate of Vermont is well suited to high quality apple production, and produces a sizeable amount of quality sparkling hard cider. The finest ciders in North America may well emanate from the province of Quebec in Canada, which has an established artisinal cider industry with historical ties to Normandy cider. These Quebecois ciders are slowly starting to appear on the US market.

Top Picks for Cider

Kystin  Secret Ice Cider
97 points
$49
Minutely hazy deep amber color. Aromas and flavors of dried apples and honeycomb with a supple, tangy, moderately sweet fat body and a smooth, interesting, long finish with notes of honeyed kumquats, apple and apricot skins, tangerine, and lemon spritz. A deliciously mouthwatering, not-too-sweet Ice Cider with fantastic purity, depth, and acidity.
Kystin  Opalyne Brut French Cider
95 points
$7
Best Buy
Minutely hazy old gold color. Aromas and flavors of honey roasted apples and nuts, dried pear, and strawberry jam with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, long finish with suggestions of apple and pineapple shrub, baking spices, and fallen trees in the forest. A delightfully deep and flavorful French Cider for all occasions.
95 points $7 Best Buy
Loic Raison  Cidre Rubis
93 points
$4
Sunburst color. Fruity aromas and flavors of chocolate-covered berries, orange liqueur, cherry compote on vanilla gelato, hints of coconut, and caramel with a satiny, vibrant, spritzy, fruity light body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length finish displaying shades of watercress. A boldly fruity, balanced and fun French Cider.
Two K Farms  2019 Russet Heritage Cider
93 points
$14
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Herbal aromas of pecans, apricot, fresh mint, fennel, bee pollen, and aniseed with a lightly tannic, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, refreshing, long tart green apple, ginger-spiced marmalade, hints of coconut, and tea finish. An enchanting and complex Cider that’s light on the palate while offering a lengthy finish; spicy, fruity, and satisfying.
93 points $14 Best Buy
Kaneb Orchards  Cranberry Crisp Cider
93 points
$15
Best Buy
Pink coral color. Aromas of ripe strawberry, fresh, crisp apple, and pickled mango with a vibrant, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and an even, charming, medium-length green apple with walnut praline, strawberry jelly, and persimmon finish. A crisp and friendly fruit cider that’s balanced and lively.
93 points $15 Best Buy
Loïc Raison  Rubis Cider
93 points
Dark copper color. Aromas and flavors of cranberry tart, orange zest, strawberry preserve, blackberry, clove, and straw with a lightly tannic, crisp, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, compelling, medium-long finish. Rustic berry flavors, palate-pleasing texture and a stylish vibe make this a conversation-worthy cider for the table.
Ecusson  Cidre Bio Doux
92 points
$3
Golden yellow color. Aromas of sweet corn bread with honey butter, apple jelly, coriander, fresh cut grass, and cedar with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, fruity sweet light body and an effortless, delightful, medium-length sweet ginger and honeycrisp apples finish. A low-alcohol, French cider on the sweet side that’s grown up and food-friendly.
Loic Raison  Cidre de Dégustation
92 points
$4
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of baked apple, hints of pineapple, caramel, and marmalade with a satiny, racy, petillant, dry light body and a tingling, quick finish evoking notes of bubblegum. A funky dry cider with unexpected flavors; pair with rich fatty cheeses.
Milea Estate  The Jumper Hard Cider
92 points
$4
Best Buy
Light emerald straw color. Yeasty aromas and flavors of apple yogurt, sourdough toast, pear skin, pie crust, and honeycomb wax candle with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish with accents of lemon and tangerine, green apple slaw, and starfruit. A nice, dryish earthy Cider packed with refreshment.
92 points $4 Best Buy
Maison Hérout 2017 Grand Cuvée Extra-Brut French Cider
92 points
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of pickled apples, golden kiwi, herb and cheese scone, and jasmine tea with honey with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a sleek, refreshing, medium-long finish displaying notes of dried apricot, ginger, toasted pine nuts, and bruleed citrus. A dry, appetizing French Cider with lovely balance and flavor integration.