Maker: Left Foot Charley, Traverse City, Michigan, USA
Apples: Northern Spy, Golden Delicious, Ida Red.
Style: Apple cider with Sumatran and Vietnamese cinnamon (no sugar added).
Purchased for $8/500 ml (Michigan by the Bottle Tasting Room)
Appearance: Very pale gold, slow bubbles.
Nose: Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal, apple sauce.
Palate: Crisp and acidic, then the cinnamon kicks in.
Finish: Some tartness and cinnamon, then elegant tannins.
Parting words: Left Foot Charley might be Michigan’s best winemakers, and their ciders are very good too. Cinnamon Girl is better than most spiced ciders because the spice doesn’t cover up any of the apple character. No traditional cider apples were used in its production but there’s just the right amount of tannin, tartness and sweetness to balance the spice and bring it all together. Cinnamon Girl is recommended.