They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away. I've always liked this advice - especially when those apples come in liquid form. And in New York where the apples literally grow wild (and on trees, but you already knew that), you can pretty much write yourself a prescription for any sort of cider you like. Dry, off-dry, or full on lushly sweet, foraged, imported, heirloom, tannic, raging acid beam juice or easy as apple pie, still, petnat, uber bubbly, champagne-styled, funky, clean, in between. There's a cider cure for whatever ails you.
We're especially excited about our latest, which comes from just a few hours north in the Hudson Valley: Sundstrom Cider Sponti 2015. This is the second year Leif Sundstrom has been making his apple elixirs and unlike last year, he actually made enough to sell! There are more releases coming in the autumn, but for now, this is the maiden offering. It's an orchard full of apple varieties from three different sites, fermented using the wild yeast found on the apples and bottled unfiltered with a nice amount of sparkle.
It's not a crystal clear cider, but taste-wise, it leans to the clean side of the funk spectrum. It's not overly tannic, but there's a nice amount of structure to balance out the fruit. If I had to limit myself to a one word tasting note, "yummy" would pretty much sum it up. Go on - write yourself a prescription!