Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Sweetland Orchard Scrumpy Original Hard Cider

Here I go again, trying to write about cider. And Scrumpy. I have no idea what a Scrumpy is, but it is 7% ABV and proudly made in Webster, Minnesota by Sweetland Orchards.

Let's just open and drink and see what we see:

Lightly hazy, pale yellow coloring, nearly white, with a thin ivory head atop, and intense carbonation throughout.

In the nose: Fruit. Apple. Pear. Lightly fruity, lightly spicy. Just a little bit sour. Very nice and likable.

In the mouth: Tart starts it off, then clean, fruity, satisfying. Dry. Quenching. Leaves the palate and begs for more. I like this. It's alright.

Let's look at that label" "Small Batch. Farmhouse hard cider. Drink Cider. Eat apples. This is our workhorse. Not too sweet. Not too dry. An easy drinking cider that's perfect for any day of the week. We're growing, pressing and fermenting Minnesota's original farmhouse cider. Sweetland Scrumpy original."

I still need to know what I "scrumpy" is, so I found this on Wikipedia: "Scrumpy is a term for certain types of cider originating in the West of England, particularly Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Herefordshire. Traditionally, the dialect term "scrumpy" was used to refer to what was otherwise called "rough", a harsh cider made from unselected apples.

Today the term is more often used to distinguish locally made ciders produced in smaller quantities and using traditional methods, from mass-produced branded ciders."

Well, alright, then, Scrumpy. I guess I like you.

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