The Best Hard Cider To Try For Beginners, According To An Expert

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For curious drinkers who aren’t local to the five boroughs, Yi goes into detail about types of ciders and indicators of a good cider based on its label information. Cider apples, like wine grapes, are different from the apples you buy to eat. Yi says, “Cider apples have more tannins, acidity, and bitterness … resulting in better body and more complex flavors of cider.” Therefore, if you’re looking for high-quality cider at your local grocery or liquor store, Yi explains, “Some good cider apples to look out for on a label include Dabinett, Kingston Black, Porter’s Perfection, Ellis Bitter and Manchurian Crabapple.”

That said, ciders can be elaborated from other fruits like pear, strawberries, blueberries, and stone fruits. Yi admits he’s experimenting with different fruit combinations at Brooklyn Cider House. In addition to different fruits, ciders can be carbonated or non-carbonated, also known as sparkling and still.

The best way to get acquainted with ciders is a tasting because you can try a little bit of a wide variety of flavors, carbonation, and dryness. Even if you don’t have a cider house nearby, you can create your own tasting party with friends by buying different kinds of cider. Yi opines, “You should try a dry sparkling, dry still, off-dry sparkling and off-dry still ciders, plus a semi-sweet one and a pet-nat or methode champenoise sparkling one.”

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