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North Country Hard Cider: Original Press & Fire Starter

North Country Hard Cider: Original Press & Fire Starter

Each year we travel up north from Boston to the countryside of New Hampshire to spend Thanksgiving weekend with our family. After cooking up a storm on Thanksgiving and spending the following day at home to avoid the chaos that is Black Friday, we typically go into town on Saturday to do some early Christmas shopping, as well as take in the sights of all of the holiday decorations that spring up after Thanksgiving.

While out and about on our post-Thanksgiving Saturday this year, we came across cans of North Country Hard Cider in one of the stores that we visited. We had never heard of the cidery, but after reading the description on the can, which said that their ciders were all natural and unfiltered, and having one of the store clerks tell us that they were her favorite cidery, we were intrigued and picked up a can each of the two cider blends sold at the store. We were so delighted by the ciders that we wanted to share our thoughts on them with you.


Cidery Info

Name: North Country Hard Cider

Location: Rollinsford, NH, USA


Original Press

ABV: 5%

Color: Light gold, cloudy

Aroma: Apple and earthy notes

Body: Between light and medium, leaning toward light

Sweetness: Touch below semi-sweet — starts off sweet and finishes on the drier side

Acidity: Relatively low

Tannin: None

Carbonation: Medium

Flavor Profile: There is a slight bite upfront, followed by a sweet apple flavor with earthy notes. By mid-sip, just the apple flavor remains. Notes of lemon start to come through toward the end of the sip and continue into the aftertaste as the dominant flavor.

Overall Thoughts:

Ramsay: A refreshing and nicely balanced cider that doesn’t fill you up too much. A tasty introduction to North Country Hard Cider.

Julia: A perfectly balanced cider that is very easy to drink. I will definitely be picking up more cans of this next time I’m in New Hampshire.


Fire Starter

ABV: 5%

Color: Light amber, cloudy

Aroma: Apple and habanero are primary; cinnamon is secondary

Body: Between light and medium, leaning toward light

Sweetness: Semi-sweet

Acidity: Low

Tannin: None

Carbonation: Low

Flavor Profile: There is no bite upfront. Notes of apple and cinnamon come through at the beginning of the sip and remain the dominant flavors until the end of the sip, at which point the habanero becomes noticeable and quickly overtakes the apple-cinnamon flavor. The habanero continues into the aftertaste as the primary flavor.

Overall Thoughts:

Ramsay: Liked the unique spicy flavor and its pairing with the semi-sweet apple flavor. Very light to drink. Could have multiple in a sitting.

Julia: I really enjoyed this cider. The spiciness of the habanero balanced out the sweetness of the apple, and the cinnamon gave the cider a warm, pleasant feel. I would certainly drink this again.

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