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Enjoying the Apples

By Joe Ruvel · February 16th, 2014 · No Comments

I am not a cider person. Pretty much every time I try cider I don’t enjoy it. Usually it is just too sweet. But I think mainly I have been trying pretty bad ciders. So far on this trip I have tried a few apple ciders and some straight apple juice and actually enjoyed both a lot.

Just like anything else, you need to find the type of something that you like. I hate sugary sweet apple juice or cider. But make it taste tart and I am a huge fan. Oddly one of the favorite apple drinks I tried was the companies “medium” variety. It tasted like lots of fresh apples thrown into my mouth in one go. Much better I thought then their “tangy” one. So I guess you never know. This juice was made by Llewellyns Orchard. Great stuff if you find yourself in Ireland and can try it.

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Some ciders remind me a lot of sour beers. They hit you right up front and then have a nice aftertaste. They also go great with some foods like turkey or lamb or at least it did for us during Thanksgiving. I know very little about cider and so don’t really know if this is a great version of this style but I liked it a lot. French Sparkling Apple, ‘Antoinette’, Dry, Duche Longueville was what we drank with dinner on Thanksgiving. You should be able to find this is the states.

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Finally there is the craft cider that sits right next to all the good Irish craft beers. This stuff was like a slightly sweet saison. Great flavor and just delicious. I tried a full bottle of MacIvors medium and liked it but I got to have a taste of the dry and that is where the gold is at. I can’t imagine this is available in the states but you never know – one day it could be. Or look for good local cider – it might actually be better then you think.

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