The company was kind enough to drop a sample of both their dry and regular cider offerings by our office last week while they were in town seeking distribution points. I popped open those samples this past weekend.
Before I describe my tasting, click below to hear what the company says about each variety:
Now, back to me:
The "residual sweetness" in the non-dry version, which comes from their adding fresh juice back in before bottling, is its best feature. I really enjoyed the clean apple flavor, which gave the cider more of a mouth feel, too, and a refreshing edge. It's the kind of thing I picture drinking on a hot day after coming in from gardening. Effortlessly likeable.
Equally effervescent but perhaps more of an acquired taste, the dry version lacks the regular's up-front sweetness and finishes quick in the mouth and throat, with more of a mild tongue tang. None of that is necessarily a bad thing, and in fact the dry version made me think more of a fruity white wine. I could certainly see its appeal to a certain set of drinkers.
But what's fun is to compare the two side-by-side to notice the differences, and more importantly, to find out what type of cider drinker you are — you know, it's just a good thing to know. Don't forget, back in our founding fathers' days, cider was the main drink of choice, due to water being unclean.
Read more of the drink's history here on Colorado Cider's website.
And keep an eye out for the product soon on local liquor store shelves — or call your favorite liquor outlet and request it.