Crispin Cider Series #3 – "Lansdowne" Artisanal Reserve

Anyone who loves fall will tell you that Apples are the perfect food to help accentuate the season. Automatically fall makes one think of apple pies, crumbles and sauce. Lest we forget, Apples make some great hard cider! This is part three of my Cider education, generously provided by Crispin Cider Co. These guys really do think outside the box. I am a proud beer advocate, but Cider is proving to be just as interesting I find as of late! So if fall gets you in the mood for apples, I suggest trying a quality hard apple cider!
The Crispin Natural Hard Apple Cider Artisanal Reserve “Lansdowne” is next in my Fall Cider Series. Just the description on the bottle alone sounded enticing, “With Irish Stout Yeast and Organic Molasses”. It poured a cloudy amber caramel color, the cloudiness most likely coming from the yeast sediment on the bottom of the bottle. A very thin khaki colored head dissipated almost before it had formed. The aroma was strong and pleasing with apple juice, honey,  hints of molasses, alcohol and yeast. The taste was very layered. my palate was met at first with tart apple, a light cinnamon note and faint flavor of molasses. There is a sweet yeast flavor that seems to balance out the tart. The aftertaste is where the syrupy molasses flavor comes through the most, and it is rather impressive. This had a medium mouthfeel that I normally would not peg a cider to have, but that was a preconceived notion I have since discarded after this. The 6.9% ABV is not overbearing and is kept in the background as a behind the scenes player. Although, this cider will warm ya up on a chilly night. This is a very well built, delicious cider. If you have not had much experience with cider, go and seek it out! Here’s to Good Beers!
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