Farnum Hill Semi-Dry Cider
I know this isn’t beer, you don’t have to tell me. I’m not sure I’ve ever had hard cider, but when the Farnum Hill Cider maker sent me two bottles of cider I thought I’d give it a shot. Farnum Hill is a small cider maker in western New Hampshire. They describe themselves as not the mass marketed, college landscape cider, but one of refinement like a fine wine. Well lets see how this stacks up against fine Beer!
The Semi-Dry cider is described as:
Farnum Hill Semi-Dry: Golden, bubbly, with a delicious array of fruits and mysterious aromatic notes. Semi-Dry offers an appetizing, life-enhancing balance of subtle sweetness, sharpness, astringency, and fruitiness. Alcohol content 7.4% by volume. Mushroom cork with wire hood closure, 750 ml. bottle. A congenial, versatile companion to seafood, herbed saucy dishes, cheeses, ham, poultry, sausage, rabbit, pork, omelettes or quiches, etc.
Well it looks like apple juice with a bit of carbonation, a steady stream of bubbles rise from the bottom, like champagne.
It is what I would expect, mostly apples. It reminded me when I was a kid going on a school field trip to the apple orchard and they were pressing apples that had just been picked. This cider had that sweet and musty smell of fresh pressed cider.
Ok, wow, that first sip was a shocker. Having never indulged in hard cider; it was a bit surprising. The mouth feel is that of champagne, very thin and extremely carbonated. It was very tart, dry and yet somewhat refreshing. It was very much wine like, not my drink, but I can see how this can be enjoyable to some. Took a break from this for about 15 minutes, because I just wasn’t enjoying it although my wife had a couple sips a was. After my quick break, I started to enjoy the flavors and tartness of this cider much more. As teh cider warmed up, the apple flavor became more apparent and some sweetness came through with I though worked well with the tartness.
Calories: Don’t know how to calculate calories with cider, but this cider was 7.5% abv
Learned 2 things about cider. One, my wife really liked this. I think it was champagne likeness that appealed to her. Two, I didn’t really like this cold, straight out of the fridge. I did, however, enjoy some qualities about it as it warmed up. I’m not sure I would go and buy this for myself, I would go buy some for someone who like ciders.