Maker: Virtue Farms, Fennville, Michigan, USA
Apples: Unnamed heirloom varieties.
Place of origin: Michigan, USA
Style: Semi-dry cider.
Price: $13/12 can case (variety pack including three other Virtue ciders at Binny’s)
Appearance: Light gold like a lager.
Nose: Apple wood sawdust, applesauce, gravel.
Palate: Effervescent and semi-dry. Chewy tannin, some sweetness and fruit.
Finish: Dry with a tart tang in the front.
Parting words: I’ve reviewed Virtue ciders before on this blog, but this is the first canned cider of theirs I’ve done. I bought a variety pack of Virtue cider for my annual party in early June (you’re all invited next year). A few were left over, so I’m planning on working my way through the survivors in a series of reviews.
I was very impressed with Virtue’s Michigan Apple. It has a tannic grip that a lot of other American ciders in its category and price range don’t have. There’s no yeasty funk, but this is Michigan Apple, not Pomme de Normandie. This is a very enjoyable cider and I highly recommend it.