Michigan USA

Sidra de Nava

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Sidra de Nava

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Sidra de Nava has a light straw colour and aromas of sour apples reminiscent of organic apple vinegar.

It is full of sour apple and citrus flavours with a pleasingly tart finish. This lemony Spanish-style sidra is a great example of this type of cider.

Think dry white wine and fresh squeezed lemonade. This style is considered one of the most refreshing of drinks in Spain, and is said to be pure sunshine in a glass.

It is packaged in a 750 ml bottle and has 5.2% alcohol.

The Mitten

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The Mitten

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The Mitten is a bourbon barrel aged cider. It has a light golden colour, however the first bottle I tasted from was cloudy. And when poured, it had a foamy beer-like head that looked suspiciously like a stability issue. This was confirmed when I had the opportunity to taste from two more bottles, one cloudy and one clear at the Chicago Cider Summit.

In both cases the cider had vanilla, apple and oak aromas. In the case of the cloudy bottles, there were also notes of yeast. The flavour was somewhat muddled and not well balanced. The cloudy bottles had a distinct brewery flavour.

As I understand it, this semi-sweet cider was back sweetened with apple juice, but was not pasteurized. This could easily explain a continued fermentation in the bottle.

I spoke to the assistant cidermaker when we were at the Chicago Cider Summit and he seemed unaware of the issue and surprised when I showed him the bottle variation.

2012 Percheron

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Percheron

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2012 Percheron has a light golden colour and great clarity. There is a very nice effervescence and simple apple blossom aromas with hints of liquorice.

You will enjoy a lovely sour (brett) apple flavour with a note of buttered toast and a soft finish. The apparent sour brett flavour is well measured and not overwhelming. This cider has good balance and structure.

It is packaged in a 750 ml bottle and has 5.5% alcohol.

The Crabster

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The Crabster

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The Crabster is hand-crafted from a blend of Cortland, Northern Spy, MacIntosh, Liberty, Red Crabs and wild apples. It has a golden colour with just a hint of orange.

There is a light apple aroma with a hint of spice. It has a wonderfully rich crab-apply flavour with a pleasingly tart finish.

This cider is simple, crisp and dry. It has a fantastic tannic structure and will pair nicely with a variety of foods. There is very light carbonation, which dissipates quickly, leaving this cider flat. I feel it would be much better if it were made as a still cider.

Yellow Label Traditional

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Yellow Label Traditional

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Yellow Label Traditional is an American cider that is made with champagne yeast to give it a carbonated kick. This results in a full-bodied cider that is dry, tart and just a little sweet.

It has a light golden colour, and is lightly sparkling. This cider has simple, fresh clean apple aromas and a very clean, satisfying fresh apple flavour that is fruity and dry.

The distinct fruitiness can be perceived as slight sweetness but the cider really is bone dry. It is a very simple straightforward well made cider. In a word, "delightful."

Lovely little picnic cider should you be so inclined.

J.K.'s Scrumpy

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Organic Scrumpy

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J.K.’s Scrumpy Orchard Gate Gold Organic Hard Cider is made from a blend of organic apples grown in the family orchard. It has a dark golden colour with a light haze and aromas of apple butter with cinnamon.

This lightly carbonated cider has peach, honey and butter flavours with a mixed citrus finish topped with a bit of lingering honey. This semi-sweet cider has a very slight tannic structure that is lost in the sweetness.

This cider has 6% alcohol.

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