Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Angry Orchard Hard Cider Review

I have a long, long overdue product review for you today. Of all of the different items that I have been offered to review, this was probably my most favorite – and ironically it’s the one that’s taken me the longest to write about.

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I actually felt really bad when I realized last week that I had never posted my product review because it was supposed to be timed around the holidays, which was when I received the glorious package at my doorstep.

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If you’ve been reading my blog even somewhat regularly, then you already know that I love hard cider. Often times I prefer the taste over regular beer, which I blame on my out-of-control sweet tooth. Hard cider is frequently my go-to beverage when I just feel like having a drink.

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When I was asked to review Angry Orchard’s hard cider collection, I honestly could have done it off the top of my head because I already knew I loved it. In fact, that photo above was taken long before I was even contacted about reviewing the cider. I was excited when I discovered that there were flavors available that I hadn’t tried yet.

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The package I received was a sampler of three different Angry Orchard flavors: Apple Ginger, Traditional Dry, and Crisp Apple.

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I was already familiar with the traditional, but the crisp apple and apple ginger were new to me and they were both delicious. They are both light and refreshing with a hint of sweetness and apple flavor. The crisp apple was the sweetest, which is probably why it was my favorite one. The traditional was my least favorite, but I still really liked it – as evidenced by the fact that all of the cider was gone within a couple weeks.

Along with the cider, I was also sent a fact sheet with some information about the beverage. According to the fact sheet, Angry Orchard blends “Italian culinary apples from the Alpine Foothills with French bittersweet apples from Normandy” to create high quality cider with a distinctly crisp and refreshing taste. All of the flavors are between 5 and 6 percent ABV (alcohol by volume). Since the company does a much better job of describing the different flavors than I do, here are their descriptions:

  • Crisp apple: This crisp and refreshing fruit-foreword cider mixes the sweetness of the apples with a subtle dryness for a balanced cider taste. The fresh apple aroma and slightly sweet, ripe apple flavor make this cider hard to resist.
  • Apple ginger: Our Apple Ginger cider is unlike any cider you’ve had before. The fresh Nigerian ginger and apple flavors blend together for a sweet, yet slightly tart, taste with a distinct ginger aroma and warm finish. The result is a smooth, refreshing cider that goes down easy.
  • Traditional Dry: Our Traditional Dry cider is made in the style of English draft ciders. This cider is bittersweet and slightly spicy with a bright apple aroma. The dryness makes you pucker and look forward to another sip.

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Makes you want to go out and try some right now, doesn’t it?! After browsing around the website, I discovered that Angry Orchard also has a new flavor now called Elderflower. I’m going to have to look for this one because the description sounds right up my alley.

This cider has tropical notes from the elderflower balanced by a fresh, bright, fruity flavor reminiscent of lychee, pears, and citrus. This flower compliments the crisp apple flavor resulting in a balanced sweetness that brings the fruit and flower together.

YUM. Sounds amazing.

Angry Orchard has a pretty impressive website, which contains a mixology section with lots of fun recipes. The one that was featured around Christmas time was a Rosy Reindeer Cooler. Even though the holidays are over, I’m pretty sure I could enjoy one of these low calorie cocktails any time of the year. I couldn’t find it on their website right now, but it was in one of my emails so I thought I’d share it.

Rosey Reindeer Cooler

Ingredients

2 medium strawberries, quartered (8 cals) (2g)
2 basil leaves, julienned (cut into thin strips) (0 cals) (0g)
2 lime slices (10 cals) (0.5g)
½ oz simple syrup (18 cals) (1g)
1 oz vanilla vodka (60 cals) (0g)
4 oz Crisp Apple Cider (70 cals) (7.5g)

Directions

Muddle strawberries & basil in simple syrup. Squeeze & add the 2 lime slices. Fill glass with ice (we suggest a mason jar, but tumbler also works). Add 4 oz cider. Stir to incorporate ingredients. Garnish with strawberry & lime slice. Total calories = 166

To find a store near you that carries Angry Orchard cider, check out their store locator.

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Disclaimer: I was sent complimentary samples of Angry Orchard hard cider to review for the blog, but was not compensated for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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