I was dropping my daughter off at camp yesterday and stopped by a good wine store in Ithaca, NY to check out the cider offerings. I grabbed a few:
So far I have tried the “Old Time Cider” from South Hill and the “Northern Spy” from Eve’s.
I had not heard of South Hill before, I think they are relatively new, but they are on to something. Their Old Time Cider is the best all-US apples cider I have ever had. Its not trying to copy a European cider but it also has a deep rich flavor unlike most US cider makers. It is made from found apples on old trees, they do have their own orchard but it is not in production yet. Whatever they are doing its pretty awesome! Their production is very small so it may be hard to find.
The Eve’s Northern Spy is a Champagne-like cider. It is similar to the Strongbow etc ciders; I would rather save money and buy one of them. I am hoping some of the other Eve’s ciders will be better, they are supposed to be really good but I have never had one I thought was worth the $$.