Maker: Vander Mill, Spring Lake, Michigan, USA
Style: Spiced Cider
Appearance: Cloudy gold and effervescent.
Nose: Clove, ginger, star anise, crisp apple.
On the palate: Medium-bodied, slightly tart. Apple pie, sweet curry, ginger chutney.
Finish: Tart and spicy. The tartness tickles the cheeks for several minutes afterwards.
Parting words: If there’s a cider equivalent to B. Nektar meadery, Vander Mill is it. They release a number of one-off experimental bottlings like this one.
Cider Masala is a cider infused with Indian Masala spices. It’s an interesting sip, and as an experiment it works. I don’t see it becoming a go-to cider, but that’s not the point. Vander Mill Cider Masala is a recommended.