Blue Gold Hard Cider

Maker: Vander Mill, Spring Lake, Michigan, USABlue Gold

Style: Apple cider flavored with blueberries

ABV: 6.9%

Appearance: Auburn and fizzy.

Nose: Delicate. Crisp apples and berries.

On the palate: Medium bodied and easy drinking. Crisp, fairly dry apple cider nicely balanced with the blueberries. They don’t overwhelm the cider or make it overly sweet, they just provide a mild but flavorful counterpoint.

Finish: Slightly sweet and a little fruity. Low key but lingers for a long time.

Parting words: Like most of Vander Mill’s products, Blue Gold is very tasty and well done all around. This is not a life-changing cider, but it was very refreshing on the 94° F day I tasted it. It comes in pint cans which is a big plus in my book and adds to its drinkability. I purchased my 4-pack for $10.99. That’s pricey but if one compares it to a table wine or a craft beer, that’s not too bad. At any rate, it’s definitely worth the price. Blue Gold is recommended.