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March 2019 - Early-Bird Cider Review

March 2019 - Early-Bird Cider Review

Early-Bird Cider Review Reviews

Kaneb Orchards Cranberry Crisp Cider
93 points
Bright pink coral color. Aromas of honeycrisp apple, strawberry, and rose hip with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, fruity medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length strawberry jelly, strawberry ice cream, and currant finish. A lighthearted and concentrated, fruity cider with a candied sweetness; totally delicious.
Big Apple Hard Cider Little Italy Cider
90 points
Deep amber color. Spicy, fruity aromas and flavors of dreamsicle, chocolate halva, and hint of herbs and peppercorn with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, refreshing, long finish that presents nuances of hints of ginseng and gentian, green apple skin and blood orange, and honey finish. A pleasing, clever, and sophisticated combination citrus and herbal flavors that is sure to please Negroni fans.
Kaneb Orchards St. Lawrence Cider
90 points
White gold color. Creamy aromas of honey-nougat, candied lemon peel, honeydew, dill flower, and baked apple with a velvety, crisp, spritzy, moderately sweet medium body and a tingling, medium-length toasted oat and apple compote on vanilla yogurt finish. A plush and velvety cider with a toasty-sweet charm.
Big Apple Hard Cider Hells Kitchen Cider
88 points
Golden yellow color. Roasted aromas and flavors of spiced baked apples, honeycomb, and roasted peppers with a supple, bright, petillant, bittersweet medium body and an interesting, breezy finish displaying elements of kiwi, mango and jicama with cayenne and spicy ajvar finish. A distinctive, very savory cider that will be best with ethnic foods.
Common Cider Company Pomme Rosé Cider
88 points
Pale silvery salmon-amber color. Aromas of white peach, cherry blossom, ripe pear, banana, and bitter orange peel with a silky, bright, petillant, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, refreshing, easy cranberry, cola, and hibiscus tea finish. A wine-like cider to rose all day; dry, bright and crushable.
Common Cider Company Blood Orange Tangerine Hard Cider
88 points
Deep amber color. Aromas of apricot-mango yogurt, moroccan mint tea, grapefruit, agave, and italian aperitivo with a satiny, spritzy, fruity light body and a sleek, medium-length tangerine sorbet, cherry stone, and cooked peach finish. A fun cider which entertains the palate with bold and playful fruit; and great brunch cider.
Common Cider Company Pineapple Guava Cider
87 points
Yellow color. Aromas of coconut flake, pineapple, ripe apricot, fruit cup, granny smith apple, and poached pear with a soft, crisp, spritzy, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy orange creme, sour peach, and panettone finish. A zingy, fruited cider that adds a tropical vibe to the party.
Kaneb Orchards Raquette River Sparkling Cider
87 points
Silvery straw color. Aromas of summer hay and fresh apple with a satiny, vibrant, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length white grapefruit spritz, underripe plum, apple blossom, and honey finish. A crisp, delicate and highly pairable cider with an all-natural appeal.
Common Cider Company Hibiscus Saison Hard Cider
85 points
Deep mauve color. Fruity, vinous aromas of zinfandel, cassis, dandelion, and slate with a slightly chewy, crisp, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, rapid cranberry relish and puffed rice finish. A food-friendly cider that will be a solid holiday feast pairing.
Common Cider Company Ginger Pear Cider
84 points
Yellow straw color. Spicy, minty aromas and flavors of pickled ginger, wasabi, carmex, cinnamon-sage potpourri, fresh soap, and dried yuzu with a satiny, vibrant, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, cheery finish. An intense gingery cider that brings just the right amount of heat.
Common Cider Company Blackberry Sangria Hard Cider
82 points
Maroon color. Aromas of mulberry, sangria, sweet cranberry, tomato leaf, and orange peel with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, short tonic water finish. An astringent and tannic fruit cider that will pop with cheese.
Mountain West Cider Company Green Urban Lunchbox Cider
82 points
Gold color. Aromas of jordan almonds, honey nut cereal with bananas, butter, and lanolin with a velvety, bright, spritzy, dryish medium body and a tingling, medium-length apple-cinnamon compote on french toast, gentian, gingerbread, lime peel, and custard finish. A velvety, rustic cider with notes of toast and nougat.
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