Some days when I contemplate a bottle of an adult beverage to open, I turn to familiar favorites. Other days, however, I’m looking for something a bit out of the norm. Recently, I was having one of those “I need something different” days and hit our racks looking for something that fit the bill. I quickly gravitated to our cider options and eventually settled on a bottle of Jupiter’s Legacy from Albemarle CiderWorks.
This dry cider is one of the CiderWorks blends. After spending some time with cidermaker Chuck Shelton at the VA cider tasting co-hosted by CiderWorks and Foggy Ridge Cider, I know he’s partial to single variety ciders. That said, he’s also clearly a talented blender of apples as this cider demonstrates.
When I sipped this cider, I noted lots of great yeasty apple scents and flavors that called to mind golden delicious apples and crabapples (I grew up with a crabapple tree in my yard, so yes, I know what crabapples are like) along with some floral notes and something I can only describe as calling up mental images of yellow fruits. This was an incredibly refreshing tipple, and it was also low enough in alcohol that I had no regrets about finishing half a bottle when I had to get up far too early the next morning to oversee a special event at work.
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