Indigo Tries Cinnful Apple!

8.5 out of 10
Would recommend if you like non-alcoholic apple cider.
Retails for about $9 for a 6-pack. More information can be found on the Angry Orchard Website.
I have to face the facts. I have an obsession with hard cider. It’s like a plague in my fridge. I always have it on hand. I feel like I’m an alcoholic, but really I’m not. I just really like ciders. Cider of almost any brand sounds delicious to me. I once even had a contest between the two most popular hard ciders known to the US. Woodchuck won.

That’s right. With the power invested in me as the token white-trash alcoholic, I pronounced Woodchuck cider the victor. And I did this knowing I was judging Angry Orchard’s crispest, most refreshing cider. For this, I apologize Angry Orchard. For I should have known better, but I had forgotten the delicious glory that was Cinnful Apple.
Perhaps I should rethink my contests for ciders. Perhaps I shouldn’t have them. Perhaps I should just be grateful that I can have my cider and drink it too. And in this case, I definitely am.
Cinnful Apple is a flavored cider from Angry Orchard. But it doesn’t come out of left field. Cinnful Apple is natural. It makes sense. What goes into every apple pie? Sugar. Well, that and Cinnamon! It was absolutely the best place to go with a hard cider. Incorperate that warm cinnamon smell and taste into the delicious apple undertones.
Cinnful apple differs wildly from Crisp Apple. It loses a lot of the acidity that makes crisp apple refreshing. It replaces that acidity with a spicy warmth. It fills up the bones with a feeling much my brandy or bourbon would. Except, instead of burning like the heat of bourbon, it’s smooth and sweet. It’s far from syrupy. The apples used are not ripe enough for that. Something more like a Fuji than a Gala or Red Delicious.
All in all, it’s hard for me to find a cider I don’t like. The Cinnful Apple falls at the higher end of the spectrum. It doesn’t quite beat my one true love, the Strongbow Honey. Or the love I still chase in the night, McKenzie’s. No truly, I do love it more. I found it in a New York bar and they only sell it in one location in Maryland. It makes me truly sad. Until I reunite with these, Cinnful Apple supplies all I need, and then some. Truly a happy cider for me.

Indigo Tries Strongbow Honey!

9 out of 10
Would recommend for anyone who enjoys suave drinks. That’s right. Suave.
More information can be found here.
5% ABV. Retails for about $10 for a 6-pack.
Strongbow is a name in Cider that I’ve heard many things about. Most people agree that it is a high-class cider. It’s got a fancy art-deco label. It’s logo is an impressionist drawing of a fellow shooting a bow. It’s flavors are things like Gold Apple (the standard flavor) and Cherry Blossom.
However, there’s one thing I’ve heard, which I can’t shake: Strongbow has changed it’s recipe (for Gold Apple) and it’s not good. This worried me because I believe that if companies change their recipes, it should either improve the product or have a legitimate legal reason. I feel that transparency is key to the worth of a company.  With that said, I still enjoy the Gold Apple. Perhaps it is my untrained tastebuds, but I do not taste a difference in the Gold Apple recently that my comrades do.
However, I’m here to talk about Strongbow Honey. And boy do I have opinions! As long as I have been drinking (legally or illegally), I have been drinking ciders. Honey is something new in my cider world, and it creates a wonderful drink that may usurp Angry Orchard for my favorite cider. (THIS IS A BIG DEAL, FOLKS.)
The Strongbow Honey is described on it’s website as fruity and floral. This is basically true. What they fail to mention is that all of these things apply to smell and MORE IMPORTANTLY, taste. Like all ciders, the drink hits your tongue in a rush of sour and acidic. The apple really kicks in the moment you take a taste of Honey.
The acidity does not linger, however. It quickly turns into a wonderful smooth feeling that reminds me of actual honey sliding on my tongue. The taste in this mid-point is sweet and floral. It reminds me of my favorite honey brand. I catch myself thinking of summers spent in honeysuckle patches and running with a golden retriever. This sounds really cheesy, and I wish I was kidding, but I’m really not. This cider genuinely reminds me of summer nights.
It finishes off with a nut and apple taste with some of the sweetness going down. It’s smooth the whole way through and lingers so beautifully.
In short, I love this cider. It’s become a regular for my fridge and I hope to be drinking it for years! Also, Strongbow has this flavor quiz that makes me really happy for nostalgia reasons:
https://www.strongbow.com/en-us/flavor-quiz