At last, the time has come to taste the hard cider that has been fermenting and aging since last November. You may recall half was bottled with a light sparkle and half was bottled still, with only its natural flavor and some added sweetness.
The sparkling has a light tongue-tingling spritz and a mild, refreshing apple flavor – good by itself or with food. There is sediment in the bottle from the second fermentation, so careful pouring is in order.
The still seems a little too sweet (my mistake), has a darker color and straightforward flavors of fermented apples. While not as refreshing, it’s a window into hard cider from the “good old days”. There are a few months to get to know and enjoy these before making plans for the next cider season.
The big question is… will they ship?
We recently moved from Wilton, CT to Charlotte. Finding your blog has brought a smile to my face. Enjoying reading about CT.
The last few years, we too, have gotten our cider for hard cider from Beardsley. I’m impressed you bottled it, ours never lasts that long! We usually keg ours and enjoy it on tap with friends and family from December till when CT starts thawing out in April.
I’m sure you’ve heard this request a MILLION times, but will you share your pecan sticky bun recipe one day? I have many fond memories of going to Silvermine Tavern as a child in the 1980s and early 90s and was lucky to have my son’s baptism brunch there recently before you closed.