Shacksbury: Apple Hill Cider
Cider: Apple Hill Cider
Origin: Vergennes, VT, USA
Label Description: “Made exclusively from 150 wild apple trees found on a historic register farm in Rochester, VT. Our Apple Hill Cider has bright apple flavor with naturally occurring notes of cinnamon and clove. It’s easy to imagine a similar beverage taking the edge off cold winter nights 180 years ago when the farm was founded. 150 cases produced.”
Color: Medium gold, clear
Aroma: Apple and yeast are primary. Cinnamon with a hint of clove is secondary.
Body: Between light and medium, leaning toward light
Julia: Upon sipping the cider, a sweet-sour apple flavor comes through and is accompanied by a fair amount of acidity, as well as subtle notes of citrus. The acidity picks up in the second half of the sip, and a sweet-sour grape flavor emerges and overtakes the apple taste to become the dominant flavor. The sweet-sour grape flavor continues into the aftertaste, where it is accompanied by very subtle notes of cinnamon.
Ramsay: The first thing that I notice when I taste Apple Hill is a yeasty, apple flavor followed immediately by a strong clove taste. That gives way to a subtle cinnamon flavor, which is overtaken by a sour lemon flavor at the end of the sip. The citrus flavor is likely due to the high acidity of the cider. The aftertaste is another story though. The clove taste returns with a vengeance along with some of the yeasty, apple flavor. The aftertaste lingers around for quite a while.
Overall Thoughts and Rating
The more sips that I took of Apple Hill Cider, the more I enjoyed it. As a fan of sour beers, I quite enjoyed the sourness of this cider, and the notes of grape reminded me of a wine-cider hybrid I recently had (and liked). Although the acidity is relatively high, it tones down with each successive sip. As with a sour beer, I wouldn’t have two glasses of this back to back, but I would definitely drink it again.
Overall, I found Apple Hill Cider to be another good cider. At times, the clove might have been a tad too much for me, but I still enjoyed the cider’s unique combination of different flavors. I might not have multiple in one sitting, but I would still grab one if I saw it offered.