Carlson Orchards: Shandy Stand
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Cider: Shandy Stand
Cidery: Carlson Orchards
Origin: Harvard, MA, USA
Label Description: “Gourmet lemonade + orchard fresh hard cider = Shandy Stand. We have here a perfect union of our flagship Oak Hill Blend hard cider combined with our delectable gourmet lemonade. We take fresh apples picked and pressed at peak ripeness, mix in not-from-concentrate lemon juice, give it a little TLC and behold: Shandy Stand. A refreshing, thirst-quenching cider shandy that hits the spot.”
Color: Pale yellow, clear
Aroma: Tart lemonade
Body: Between light and medium
Sweetness: Touch below semi-sweet
Carbonation: Between low and medium
Flavor Profile: Tart lemonade dominates the sip, with a fresh, lemon zest flavor coming through at the end.
Overall Thoughts and Rating
Shandy Stand makes for a lovely summer drink. The addition of lemonade imparts the cider with a refreshing quality, and the tartness of the lemonade balances out the sugar from the cider. The result is a mouth-puckeringly tart cider with just the right amount of sweetness. I would be remiss if I also did not mention that you do not taste any apples whatsoever in this cider; it tastes just like fresh-squeezed lemonade – with the added bonus of some alcohol.
Overall, Shandy Stand is another great edition to summer. It’s like having a really nice lemonade with a pleasant and lip-smacking tart finish. This would go great with a salty dinner at someone’s backyard BBQ. If you see it in stores, grab it for your next summer outing!