by Sarah Steimer
*Note: Our rating system is out of five stars.
(6.8% alc. by volume)
Hailing from Salem, Ore., the Wandering Aengus Ciderworks uses blends of more than 20 heirloom varietals to make its ciders
Impressions: I’m not entirely sure how to phrase this, but I almost felt that of all the ciders I tried, this one tasted the most alcohol-y? Which is a good thing to me! When I drink booze, I want to know it’s booze. Otherwise that’s how accidents happen. I loved the subtle ginger and floral taste of this cider.
(6% alc. by volume)
This cider had the shortest distance to travel to find me, hailing from Flushing, Mich. I’ve seen this cider offered at one of my favorite coffee shops as well.
Impressions: This is a fairly plain Jane cider — but there’s nothing wrong with that! I find it relatively sweet and straight-forward, so I’d prefer to share this bottle than go it alone.
(6.9% alc. by volume)
The website for this Colfax, Calif., cider calls it debonair and elegant, and you know what — I think I can see that. This would be the cider you’d whip out for company to show you know what’s up.
Impressions: One of my favorites, I’d say. This cider is both floral and herbal and went well with the spicy-sweet dinner I made the night I drank it.
(5% alc. by volume)
This cider wins it for the farthest-traveling beverage! Samuel Smith’s is the oldest brewery in Yorkshire, England, and I think they did a lovely job giving off that old-timey vibe on the label and with the shape of the bottle.
Impressions: Maybe I was won over by the packaging of this cider, but it made me very happy one night just kicking back, eating squash soup and watching “Boardwalk Empire.” Everything just felt right with the cider’s clean, apple-y taste.