The first one is called Samuel Smith's Organic Cider, from England. This was my beverage choice yesterday, Thanksgiving day. It comes in such a large bottle, I enjoyed it both before dinner and with dinner.
Described as a medium dry cider with light body, clean apple flavor and a gentle apple blossom finish, this cider is good paired with food. It's quite a bit drier than my favorite cider (shown below) but I liked it enough that I would buy it again.
The next one, J.K.'s Scrumpy Hard Cider, is my favorite. If you only try one cider, I'd suggest this one. Made in Michigan on a family farm since the 1850's, it has the perfect amount of sweetness for me -- not too much, but enough that it isn't dry. Unfiltered and organic, it's hearty (not clear) and very flavorful. It's a satisfying cider that goes well with spicy foods. Their website shows a special seasonal cider called Winterruption that I'd like to try. It's described as apple pie in a bottle with flavors of cinnamon, vanilla and maple. Yum! However, our local store only sells the Orchard Gate Gold. I've emailed the company to ask if their product can be purchased online or if there are any other stores in our area that sell it.
The next one, Zombie Killer, is also produced in Michigan. It has a unique name and a unique taste. It is a hard cider with honey and cherry added. The cherry stands out quite strongly. It's a tart cherry, though -- like the kind of cherries you bake with -- not sweet. I don't really taste the honey. This is a nice cider, but not a favorite. The color is quite pretty, and very clear.
There are two more ciders in our refrigerator that I will review next time. One is a pumpkin cider by Crown Valley Brewing out of Missouri. The other is Henry Hotspur's Hard Pressed for Cider, which comes from the Pacific Northwest.
I hope your Thanksgiving was lovely. Ours was. The weather was beautiful! We moved our spread of appetizers, below, out to the porch where we stayed until dinner was ready. It was even warm enough to open the windows! By the way, that square cheese on the right side of the cheese board is fantastic. It's Trader Joe's Fromage Pavé, a soft ripened cheese from France. Really yummy. The crackers in the middle of the round tray are Trader Joe's Pistachio Pomegranate Crisps that were a huge hit. I was sorry I couldn't try one (they're not gluten free). What yummy foods and beverages did you enjoy this Thanksgiving?
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