Sunday, February 6, 2011
Crispin Ultra-Premium Ciders
We received eight different varieties to sample and review. With such a selection to work with we will be breaking it up into several outings, attempting some food pairings and we might even side by side some with our own ciders. So many options should lead to much fun!
This weekend we cracked open the Crispin Original and the Landsdowne Artisanal Reserve.
The basic serving suggestion for Crispin Ciders is over ice. This is peculiar to me as I don’t believe I have ever consumed a cider over ice. My only theory is that the ice interaction with the cider is similar to that found when serving a fine scotch on the rocks. The idea is that the water and the reduction in temperature bring out subtle flavors in the beverage. Without concern for past experience this is how we will serve them for our reviews.
The second selection we tasted was the Landsdowne Artisanal Reserve. This cider is made with Irish Stout yeast, organic molassesand is bottled unfiltered. This was definitely a new combination for me, but new experiences are always exciting.
The cider is brown in color and sets up with a light brown head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of spice and molasses meet you immediately. It is dry with flavors of baked apples. Margot felt the comparison to the aromas and flavors of pumpernickel bread was fitting. I couldn’t disagree with that.
This is definitely one of the most unusual ciders I have ever tasted, and one I would recommend others try. The confluence of aromas, flavors and brewing tradition is truly notable and something I am sure I will share far and wide.
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