Maiden Rock Winery & Cidery
Honey Crisp Hard Natural Semi-Dry Hard Cider
Maiden Rock Winery & Cidery Honey Crisp Hard Natural Semi-Dry Hard Cider (6.8% alcohol by volume) is prepared with fermented Honeycrisp apple juice and honey. It smells like honey crisp apples with some honey in the background. The fermentation character is clean and the honey and apple aromas work well together. The cider is lightly carbonated and pours brilliant straw, produicing a moderate white head that quickly dissipates. It is mildly sweet with a honey crisp apple flavor and a dash of honey. It has a tart apple aftertaste with some tannins accentuating the dryness and adding dimension to the body. The alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering. The tartness, sweetness and tannins work well together. The honey is there, provides a pleasant accent but does not over power or distort the cider. There is just a trace of apple fermentation funk on the finish that adds character. I thoroughly enjoy this cider and buy it often. I rate it 78.