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

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