Ginger Blue – Fat Ass Heifer Cidery

Our wine…uh Cider tonight is the Ginger Blue from Fat Ass Heifer Cidery in Campobello SC

Color of burnt orange.

Serve chilled.

Still not sparkling. Semi-Dry.

Nose of ginger and sliced crabapple.

Flavor profile up front of blueberry, finishing more of tart apple and ginger. Lighter citrus notes and hints of minerality linger.

5% ABV

Fat Ass Heifer Cidery is a small craft Cidery in the small community of Campobello nestled in the Northwest corner of South Carolina.

Open only on Saturday’s. Call ahead.

Owner John Macomson

Cider – Stella Artois

Celebrating tonight as I have accomplished a milestone. I have passed the entry level exam to be a certified competition cider judge.

Cidre – Stella Artois

Several months of study and tasting (hard) ciders have paid off. I still have to pass a tasting exam for full certification. However, as of today, I am a certified entry level competition cider judge.

Color of light amber. Moderate carbonation.

The bottle says European Style Cider, we would classify it as French Style Cider.

Semi-sweet, medium bodied, with a pleasurable fruity component in the nose and on the palate. Balanced with moderate tannins and mouthfeel.

4.5 % ABV

How would we grade this one in competition. It’s a really nice drinking cider, fairly true to it’s style. I’d score this one as a high silver medal winner.

The cider certification exam consist of 100 questions and only 30 minutes are allowed to complete. A passing score is 70.

The questions are really technical and one could not pass without significant study.

Therefore, admittedly I’m really excited! Cheers!

Green Apple – Angry Orchard

Tonight enjoying a bottle of Green Apple from Angry Orchard Hard Cider.

Green Apple

Taste study for my cider judge certification.

Green Apple and tropical on the nose, crisp, sweet to sharp Green Apple on the palate, with medium – high acidity. Pleasantly tart with balanced sweetness.

Very light carbonation.

Apple varieties Granny Smith, Fuji, Gala, Pink Lady, and Braeburn.

5% ABV.

Angry Orchard Hard Cider – Walden N.Y.

A pleasant drinking cider which lives up to it’s green apple name.

In judging this cider I would grade favorably with minimal deductions for aroma, balance, and complexity.

WineryEscapades scores as Silver Medal worthy.

Carolina Crisp – Chatham Cider Works

Our wine tonight is the Carolina Crisp from Chatham Cider Works in Pittsboro, North Carolina.

Straw in color, perhaps unpolished gold.

Label describes as effervescent, though we’d call this more of a sparkling. It’s bubbly!

Nose and taste are spot on with notes of freshly picked green apple.

True to it’s claim, crisp with a tart finish.

6% ABV.

We picked up this bottle at Fair Game Beverage Company next to the Cidery and which serves as the cideries tasting room.

UNTAPPD rates this cider at 3.48.

From their website About Us page:

We make small-batch hard cider in Pittsboro from North Carolina apples.

We work with local apple growers to source the apples that give us the complex, satisfying flavor of a traditional hard cider.

#NCWine #NCCider

Caramel Apple Cyser – Wandering Bard Meadery

Our wine tonight is the Caramel Apple Cyser from Wandering Bard Meadery in Greenville, South Carolina.

A Cyser is a combination mead and cider.

Honey and Apple Juice fermented together.

Color of light gold.

Nose of honey and caramel.

Semi-Sweet.

On the tongue the sweetness of the locally sourced wildflower honey is balanced by the lingering tartness of biting into a fresh county fair caramel apple!

The bottle notes carmalized South Carolina sourced wildflower honey blended with Carolina apple cider with added spices for extra flavor.

Recommended serving temperature @ 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

8% ABV.

Honey Apple Wine – Fireclay Cellars

Our wine tonight is the Honey Apple Wine from Fireclay Cellars in Siler City (Raleigh area), North Carolina.

Honey? Apple? Wine?

Mead is fermented of honey, often referred to as Honey Wine.

Cider is fermented of apple juice.

A Cyser is a fermented blend of Honey and Apple juice.

Metheglins are spiced ciders.

This complex wine is produced from a blend of honey and North Carolina apple juice, and spiced with cinnamon and cloves.

Vintage 2017.

Beautifully light amber in color.

Nose expressive of honey and cloves.

On the tongue prevalent of honey, mid palate notes of cinnamon and other spices, with a crisp apple finish.

13% ABV.

$18 a bottle.

#NCWine #NCMead #NCCider

Mount Pisgah – Appalachian Ridge Cidery

Our wine tonight is the Mount Pisgah artisan cider from Appalachian Ridge. Appalachian Ridge is from the same group as Saint Paul Vineyards. The Mount Pisgah is grown, squeezed, and bottled in the mountains of North Carolina. Alcohol content is 8% and the Cider is Slightly bubbly with a really nice nose of freshly picked green apples. #NCWine

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