Last night, we were invited to another monthly tasting hosted by Gold Coast Beverage Distributors. They were introducing Crispin Ciderto their portfolio. Honestly, we can say we are not very familiar with ciders, let alone the thought of picking up a bottle or six pack to take home, but perhaps Crispin might persuade us otherwise.
According to Crispin’s website, their “Hard Ciders are naturally fermented using a premium apple juice blend, not from concentrate, with no added malt, grape wine or spirit alcohol. Crispin’s unique American ciders are smoothed with pure apple juice, organic honey, or organic maple syrup, and contain no added colorants, sorbate or benzoate preservatives and are cold filtered for crisp refreshment…”
We tried four products from the Crispin line: The Original Apple Cider, Honey Crisp, Imported English Browns Lane, and the Fox Barrel Pear Cider.
To our surprise the ciders were not quite as sweet as we expected. Their flagship, Original Hard Cider was light in color as well as body. Slightly sweet apple candy up front with a dry champagne finish.
The Crispin Browns Lanealthough a cider by nature, had some familiar characteristics we associate with English Ales, notably a dry bitterness. It was dry and woody, with a faint flavor of parmigiano-reggiano.
The most “fruity” cider of the four was the Fox Barrel Pear Cider. A bright sweet bouquet filled the nose at first sniff. The flavor was as sweet as the smell. We got big ripe banana flavors with pear undertones.
Finally, we tried the Honey Crisp Ciderpackaged in a 22oz bomber. This cider had the cloudy look of a hefeweizen, both in color and texture. It was the most robust cider of the four.
We experienced ciders with different characteristics and flavor profiles, broadening our perspectives beyond the concept of “cider” as one generic beverage.
Crispin, a relatively new and small company, is bringing the craft attitude that has been so successful in the beer scene to the cider world. Producing high quality, specialty products and marketing to more discerning palates.
Thanks to Shane Rietow for sharing his products and knowledge with us. It is a pleasure to spend time with those who are as passionate about the products they produce as we are about enjoying them.