|All grown up!|
I headed out there with my girls, Alexandra, Tahnee, and Annie. Here's what we tasted and what we thought:
Black Star Farms - Sirius Maple Dessert - Betsy liked this one. Strong, smooth and boozy!
Farnum Hill Ciders - Farnum Hill Extra Dry: Alexandra said, "not sweet, dry, crisp"
California Cider Co. - Ace Apple-Honey: Betsy loved it! Not too sweet, but that touch of honey makes it work.
Ciderboys - Mad Bark - Our apple pie jam!! This apple cinnamon cider was so good Tahnee went back for seconds.
Ciderboys - Magic Apple - Tahnee gave this Strawberry Cider a whirl and liked it (but not as much as Mad Bark)
Citizen Cider - The Dirty Mayor: Betsy hated this ginger/lemon cider. (it tasted like lemon Pledge)
Citizen Cider - The Full Nelson: Alexandra didn't like (too hoppy)
Doc's Draft - Doc's Hard Raspberry: Betsy and Alexandra liked. Tahnee and Annie give it a so-so.
Orchard Gate JK's Organic Scrumpy - JK's Neighbour: Tahnee liked, Betsy gave it so-so (too floral tasting)
Orchard Gate Thistly Cross Whisky Cast: Annie says meh
Orchard Gate Thistly Cross Ginger: Alexandra says meh
Sietsema Cider - Red Label Bourbon Barrel - All liked this! (sweet cider)
Tandem Ciders - Cherry Oh Cherry Cider - Meh all around (more like a juice or a wine)
Tieton Cider Works - Apricot Cider: Everybody loved! (subtle apricot flavor, no aftertaste...delicious)
Tieton Cider Works - Cidermaker's Reserve Cider: Alexandra loved!
Two Rivers Cider Co. - Blood Orange Cider: All liked, but not loved. Sweet.
Virtue Cider - The Mitten: Betsy and Alexandra liked.
The winner of Cider Summit? Ciderboys Mad Bark, of course!
Binny's was a sponsor this year and they were passing out 10% off cider coupons. I may have been a bit overzealous when shopping, but I picked up my two favorites from the summit: Ciderboys Mad Bark and Tieton Apricot, as well as a favorite from last year: Julian Hard Cider Cherry Bomb, and one with a really cool lookin' bottle: Maeloc Blackberry Cider.
Are you a hard cider fan? What's your favorite maker or flavor?