Apple Cider (7 reviews)

Blossom Valley Sweet Apple Cider

Blossom Valley Sweet Apple Cider

I'm surprised Jason hadn't already reviewed this, seeing it's made in his backyard. Well not literally his backyard, but his stomping grounds of West Seneca. New York has the best cider in the country (that I’ve had). I don't know what it is about the apples here, but they make incredible cider and I moved back at just the right time, when gallons of it are everywhere and on sale.

Blossom Valley is no different either. This cider is a prime example of how delicious apple cider from Western New York can be. I may be biased since I grew up here, but I stand by it.

Country
United States
Sweetener
No Sugar Added
Categories
Cider, Juice
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Derek Neuland on November 26th, 2012
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Red Jacket Orchards Apple Cider

Red Jacket Orchards Apple Cider

Sir, I’m sorry but I cannot let you in with your current attire, as this is a Red Jacket party. Yes, I know that the party is for the company Red Jacket Orchards, but they wanted to take it to the next level. The idea behind it was that “black tie” affairs are far too stuffy, but it would be fun to have a party where everyone just wore red jackets. If you want we have some extra coats here, since we knew people wouldn’t get the idea. You wouldn’t believe how hard it is to find red suit coats in this town. All I could find was this array of “jackets.” Yes, I had to take liberty with the word jacket and a bunch of these are actually coats and other. Sir, you are kind of a big man, so this parka looks like it will be the only one that will fit you. I know it’s the middle of August, but you need to ask yourself, “Do I really want to go into this party? Is the juice worth it?” Before you answer reach into the pocket of the parka. I believe there is a small bottle of Red Jacket apple cider in there. Taste that and then choose your fate. Well that sounded dramatic. Just taste the juice and then either put on the parka, or be on your merry way. It’s that simple.

Well it took only one sip and you’re all parkaed up. Sir, you don’t have to zip it up all the way. All that is required is that you have the jacket on. I know the juice/cider is delicious. I do work for the company, I’m not just some hired gun here to sling out jackets at the front gate. I also know that it is kind of weird to drink cider in the summer. It’s traditionally an autumn drink, but its not written on any law books that it must be drank during a certain season. The juice is sweet and appley just like a cider should be. It does taste a little lighter than most other Western New York ciders I’ve had, but I’ll blame that on the season and the apples that must have been used to make it. It doesn’t make it gross by any means. Obviously it’s a completely wonderful juice as you are willing to don a parka in 95 degree weather just for a chance to drink some more of it. No sir, I don’t think you are dumb at all. If our positions were reversed I’d be doing the same thing. I mean where else are you going to find a more than decent cider at this time of year? The answer is nowhere. Now get in there and drink juice until your heart is content.

Website
http://www.redjacketjuice.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
No Sugar Added
Categories
Cider, Juice
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on April 11th, 2012
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Grower's Best Organic Apple Cider

Grower's Best Organic Apple Cider

Does the rest of the country/world outside of the northeastern United States have any idea what real apple cider is like? I just realized that I'm pretty sure it's a regional drink. I mean if you don't live near apple orchards then you're not going to have proper cider. I feel bad for everyone else now, because cider is one of the big reasons to go on living. I have no qualms with apple juice, but it really will never step out of the shadow of cider. I don't know what causes the change in greatness, and I don't want to know because I'd like to believe it's magic.

Grower's Best did do...well their best to create a cider that would have a longer life span. You see real cider only lasts maybe two weeks before it starts to "turn." Then it becomes alcoholic, and then even grosser; vinegar. The taste of this falls somewhere between a traditional cider and plain apple juice. It's be best pasteurized cider I've ever had but it still doesn't compare to the beverage I know and love. Nice try Grower's Best, but I just don't think what you're trying to do it possible.

Website
http://www.treetop.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
No Sugar Added
Categories
Cider, Juice
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on November 26th, 2011
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Les Celliers Associes Sparkling Apple Cider

Les Celliers Associes Sparkling Apple Cider

I found this at Marshall's for the low price of $1.99 and thought that I could not lose. It's like a personal bottle of non-alcoholic wine. It's doubly the same size as a can of pop.

It was good, too. It tasted more like sparkling apple juice than sparkling apple cider. It was not too sweet.

I wish you the best of luck finding it. Not because it was at Marshall's and their entire stock rotates bi-weekly. I hope that I got their product name right. It was in French and that's what it was sans accents. If you can try it do it. It's cheap enough, jeez.

Website
http://www.valderance.com/
Country
France
Sweetener
No Sugar Added
Categories
Cider, Sparkling
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on November 20th, 2010
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Nature's Nectar Sparkling Apple Cider

Nature's Nectar Sparkling Apple Cider

Well. I am impressed. Aldi has been consistently surprising me. For anyone that doesn't have one, Aldi is a low cost grocery store. This drink is the perfect example of low cost not meaning low quality. I thoroughly enjoyed this drink and look forward to having a bottle of my own (this was at my parent's house). It's not from a concentrate, there is no additional sugar added, and the only ingredients are apples and vitamin C.

The taste was smooth and it was a bit reminiscent of Hansen's Pomegranate Cream Soda. I don't know how, but it did. I thought this was a great drink, but here's the catch; if you don't buy something like this soon, they won't carry it again. They had great, all natural root beer and cream soda that Jay let me have and when I went to buy some of my own, they were out.

If you have an Aldi, I urge you to go out and get a bottle of this. It's also 25.4oz and $1.99 per bottle so it's a "you can't lose" scenario. Let me know what you think!

Country
United States
Sweetener
No Sugar Added
Categories
Cider, Sparkling
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on November 7th, 2010
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Becker Farms Apple Cider

Becker Farms Apple Cider

This is it. This cider plus the apple cinnamon donut that was accompanying it made my fall/autumn. It just tastes like apples. I don't know what makes cider different than apple juice but whatever it is, keep up the good work.

This stuff was made like within 100 feet of where I bought it so you couldn't get fresher. It's all apples and nothing else. If you have the chance, get some.

Website
http://www.beckerfarms.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
No Sugar Added
Categories
Cider
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on October 10th, 2010
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Koithan Apple Farm Apple Cider

Koithan Apple Farm Apple Cider

Living in the North East part of these United States, I am familiar with "apple season." It's called "autumn" or "fall" for people outside of these here parts. Let me tell you how it goes, because it's important.

Typically families buy large plots of land and hand it down from generation to generation. They grow rows and rows and acres and acres of nothing but apple and sometimes pumpkins. They make their money by selling apples to local markets and by selling the worlds best cider, apple juice, donuts, and anything else you can make with apples. I'm telling you, you've never had a donut until you have a fresh apple cinnamon apple from an apple orchard. There’s nothing like it in the world.

With farms like these, they make gigantic batches of apple cider throughout the season and they make it with different apples and sometimes they throw other fruits in there to create a line of beverages.

This cider is like a dream. It's some of the best cider I've had, but it's on par with other local ciders. It tastes like if you just crushed up apples and sold the juice and that's all it is. No preservatives, no sugar, no treatment. Get it while it's hot, get it while it's fresh, get it for a limited time. I won't even drink cider between the months of December and July since it's probably somehow treated, sweetened, and grossified.

Take a trip to New York some time and get a gallon of apple cider. You'll never think the same way about apples and apple juice will forever be the second best when it comes to apple flavored beverages.

Country
United States
Sweetener
No Sugar Added
Categories
Cider
Rating
5/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on September 29th, 2010
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