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Carlson Orchards: Shandy Stand

Carlson Orchards: Shandy Stand

This cider was received for free as a sample from the cidery. For more information on our sample policy, please click here.


Basic Info

Cider: Shandy Stand

Cidery: Carlson Orchards

Origin: Harvard, MA, USA

ABV: 5%

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.”


Tasting Notes

Color: Pale yellow, clear

Aroma: Tart lemonade

Body: Between light and medium

Sweetness: Touch below semi-sweet

Acidity: High

Tannin: None

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

Julia:

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.

7 out of 10 apples

7 out of 10 apples

Ramsay:

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!

8 out of 10 apples

8 out of 10 apples

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