Yes, I know I’m calling this the 12 Beers of Christmas but I think there’s room for cider. Mulled cider is a holiday tradition in many households, and as a cider maker myself, I thought I’d switch things up a bit by including a cider in this year’s tasting.
On the 3rd day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…
Organic J.K.’s Cuvee Winterruption Farmhouse Hard Cider, Almar Orchards, 6.9% ABV
This hard cider pours out a slightly hazy gold color with a short-lived, white colored head. The aroma is fruity, with apple-pie like spices, and funky tartness that dissipates as it warms up. The cider tastes like apple pie but with a soft tart finish. This is a medium bodied cider with a balanced finish, slightly dry but mouthwatering at the same time.
I’ve often criticized pumpkin beers in the past because of the excessive use of spices. I can often be heard saying, “I like my pumpkin pie on a plate, not in a pint”, and that’s true. This spiced cider reminds me a lot of apple pie, but I think it goes well. The tartness in the finish helps to balance out the spice character, as well as the moderate sweetness in the beverage. I am more forgiving of the spices in cider because it’s a fairly straightforward drink and, in this instance, the spices add complexity to the cider.
Overall, I think this is a very tasty beverage that can appeal to some craft beer drinkers and non-beer drinkers alike. In fact, I just might be tempted to brew up my own next year.