4 out of 10
So guys. I have a problem with cider. Wait, no. I mean a solution. I have a great solution to the problem. The problem is not enough cider. The solution is, apparently, my liquor cabinet. Which always has cider.
I’m not allowed to mention cider without mentioning Strongbow Honey, which is my favorite of all the ciders I’ve tried. And I’ve tried a lot. It has a smooth taste with a sweet arc. There are floral notes and citrus notes and-well that’s not why we’re here is it?
We are absolutely here for Angry Orchard again. I have tried and reviewed two of their varieties now. However, I went out of my way to try a new variety in the Angry Orchard line up. It’s not a drink I would normally pick up, but it is definitely something my sister would. Or possibly my boyfriend. He’s crazy, but whatever.
The line is called Stone Dry, and it’s for all the people out there who don’t like the Strongbow Honey because it’s too sweet. Stone Dry balances out nicely with any sweet drink. It begins with a rather simple taste of bittersweet apples. It doesn’t expand from there as well as I would like it to. Instead of blossoming into the acidic and dry apple taste I want, it sort of just sits.
It fulfills the dry part of the picture nicely. I certainly enjoyed that it felt like a dry white wine when I began drinking it. However, about two sips in, I realized that there was very little dynamic to the rest of the drink. I wanted it to blossom into acidic apples and slightly floral bits. Or more of a puckering, electric aftertaste. But it genuinely began and ended on the same note with a dry overtone and very little acid.
I’ll be honest, I’m not too fond of acid. I prefer floral and sweet with my booze. However, I would have been much more fond of this cider if it had something other than dry as an adjective. Honestly, as I was drinking it, all I could think is that very bland and boring girls would like this because it tastes more like an apple wine than a cider. And not a good apple wine.