raisedbywolves wrote:Finn River, Tieton Cider Works, Blue Mountain Cider, Julian just to name a few all retail over $7/bottle or more plus shipping and handling charges.
RBW, thanks for joining in what has become a bit more of a fray here than normal, hopefully you can field a few additional questions.
First off, I had absolutely no idea what to expect, and that was why I grabbed a bottle of something that seemed a comparable cider, the Julian.
I found them quite similar, but as this was my first experience with hard cider, it's likely I don't know what I'm tasting for, and would like your comments.
Just what makes a quality product?
Ho should it be consumed?
What is it supposed to taste like?
How should the (natural?) carbonation present itself and last?
Must a bottle be consumed in a single sitting?
This apple juice is likely new territory here for many of us used to grape juice.
I did do some webz research to try to answer some of my questions, and found an interesting piece HERE on some history and products and a second one, generally parroting the first, but with serving suggestions HERE.
The Attila, sampled next to the Julian, was different, but they were both so similar, and so different from what I generally drink, I don't have the vocabulary to convey the differences.
In wine terms, I think I'd have to call both dry, perhaps only slightly tending to off dry for the Attila where the Julian is clearly more tart.
Is RS something we can talk about here?
So, one of those articles mentioned cider was frequently the first drink of the day; I'm game.
Got a 'pop' upon opening both, and they still have fizz, but it is substantially diminished; no frothy head following the pour.
Nose about the same as I recall from last night, still a bit yeasty and somewhat reminds me of an un-aromatic lite beer. I don't drink a lot of beer either, but when I do it's a dark one.
Still crisp like last night, and there is little if any perception of alcohol.
Do we talk pH or TA?
How ~so~ we compare cider?
That metallic tinge I got last night seems absent this morning. Perhaps a reaction with something I'd eaten.
They both still have a 'finish' I'm not fond of however.
Again, thanks for stopping by.
Hoping I can learn something here today.
My coffee awaits consumption.
A final comment.
Very poor form to have neither your
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