Cider and Me? It Finally Happened.
A Review of Lansdowne by Crispin Cider Co.
Posted on 5/16/2011 by Brew's Your Daddy
                   
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Well, well, well. I find myself doing something that may shock you all. I will admit that I even find it a little surprising. I am sitting here with a pint of...of...oooooooooof....cider! What has gotten into me you ask? I wish I had a good answer for you. I really do. Unfortunately, I'm not sure if you would find ''Because I wanted something different'' a good answer. But it is the truth. It happens to us all from time to time. You want something that is so outside your box that you end up in a totally different box...or glass as it may be. In any event, I was at the store, and what caught my eye about this cider was that it said it was made ''with Irish stout yeast and organic molasses''. I must say that I stopped and had to do a double take. Irish stout yeast you say? Molasses you say? I thought that this might just be a nice ''bridge beverage'' for me to try. So, getting out of my comfort zone, I plopped it in the basket and I was off.

When I got it open, there was the tale tale sign of a cider being poured. Apples, apples in the air! Apples, apples everywhere! (yeah, try to get that out of your head now) The scent of green apples was abundant. Crisp and bright. If you get in there a little deeper, you get the molasses and even some honey. I went back to the bottle, and sure enough, it says they use a touch of organic honey. Who's sniffer is spot on today? This guy right here! So I'm smelling all of the ingredients. I like that. Nothing too crazy or mixed up. Keep it clean and fresh like a cider should be. If you look at my helpful pic, you can see that this cider looks like an Irish Red sitting there. I don't know if I should be confused by this or intrigued. If you want my honest opinion, it's actually pretty nice to look at.

When you take a drink of it, you may be caught off guard. I was expecting simple apple with some honey in there. I was wrong, wrong, wrong. Yes, the taste of green apples was pretty well represented, but there was a buttery tone to it all. I'm not sure if it comes from the combination of the molasses and honey or what, but it works really well here. It tones down the overall tartness associated with a high quality cider. The molasses and honey dance together quite well in the middle and back end. And being a stout man, I actually can taste hints of that Irish yeast in there from time to time. The carbonation is right where one would expect from a good cider. Its a little more on the high side for what a beer drinker might prefer, but for cider lovers is should be spot on. With the crisp, clean, tart apple taste and high carbonation, you are left with a nice dry mouthfeel. Nothing too dry, but just clean.

This cider is a sweet find. In the taste category as well as the event itself. Not being a cider pro, I wouldn't know who to recommend it to, and who to tell to stay away from it. I'll just speak from personal preference. I liked it. It was sweet, but not too sweet. It was full of flavor. It was fresh and tasty. It was light, crisp, and drinkable. I could easily enjoy one of these on a patio somewhere and take all the making fun of that I would surely endure for ordering it. I don't know that I could have more than one, simply due to its sweetness, and my somewhat low threshold for sweet booze beverages. But, the one that I did have would be enjoyable indeed.

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