Cider -- House Rules!
When the Cheerful Lady offered me some of her "house" cider, made with apples and a few pears from her farm, I couldn't resist, despite there being nearly a gallon of cider from a local mill already in the refrigerator!
In fact, having two different ciders called for a taste testing. And I knew just who to call on to help me with the sampling.
The Renaissance Man was, as always, ready to help. So last night we sat down with two cups of cider each: one from the mill, and the other from the Cheerful Lady.
And the results? Drumroll, please...
Color and clarity:
--the mill cider had a darker color, not as clear
--the CL's cider had more amber tones, was crystal clear
--the mill's cider had more substance to it (due to the sediment)
--the CL's cider was lighter to drink but tasted fuller
--the mill's cider had overtones of spices to it, but after repeated sips, the flavor started to fall flat
--the CL's cider had a more complex flavor (you could really taste Apple, and multiple varieties at that) that held up over time
--The mill's cider was very good, sweet, satisfying, would make good mulled cider.
--The CL's cider really had more character (that must be because of Handyman Joe, a real character himself, having a hand in it), had a better apple flavor, tasted more refreshing, and was superior for drinking straight up.
I was really impressed with the mill's cider when I first tasted it as the flavor was so much better than what we find at our local orchard, and yes, I still like it very much. But the fresh, clear, thoroughly apple-laden house cider from the Cheerful Lady's farm kept edging it out.
Who needs wine when local cider can be so satisfying and have so many differences from pressing to pressing?
That's right -- in this house, cider rules!