Foggy Ridge Cider Knocks It Out of the Park
Located in eastern Virginia, Foggy Ridge produces handcrafted, estate ciders sought after by cider connoisseurs across the country. The ciders are produced from Foggy Ridge’s own orchards where a number of different cider apples are raised. The Sweet Stayman cider is one of the cidery’s primary offerings and features a blend of Stayman apples with other heirloom apples.
Foggy Ridge Sweet Stayman Cider
Origin: Eastern Virginia
Fruit: Primarily Stayman, Grimes Golden, Cox’s Orange Pippin and other heirloom varieties
RATING: * * * * of 5
A light golden color with a tint of green. Miniscule bubbles rise slowly in the glass. The nose gives off a first whiff of stewy stone fruit and apple sauce. There is a distinctive brown sugar/cinnamon on the palate too that is just lovely. Light on the palate and noticeable but not overreaching carbonation. The acidity is in excellent balance; not overarching, but seemingly perfectly built for light residual sugar in this cider. A beautiful set of richly flavored apple notes hit the palate. This slightly sweet apple flavors are beautifully delineated. The citrus flavors are secondary and well-behaved here. A beautiful balance of components defines this cider. Sweet, acid, bitter, tannin…it all comes together. This is outstanding cider that can be sipped and drunk all on its own or paired with any number of dishes from grilled meets to roasted pork tenderloin to an arugula salad with fresh goat cheese.
This is available in my local beer store. Diane blows me away. One of the few true cider makers. Good review.
Thanks so much for the kind words. For us at Foggy Ridge, it’s all about the cider apples, a disciplined focus on quality and lots of hard work in the orchard and cellar. So nice all this is noticed and appreciated!
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