Way back in February, Mikey made a really quick cider called the Sneaky Cider, and I finally got around to tasting it!
Firstly, it had a great colour. Nice and clear, with the colour of a basic sparkling apple juice – not surprising considering it was just sparkling apple juice (with some alcohol!).
The first impression was that this was a very dry cider, but not overly so. Strangely, the whole drink resembled a Chardonnay. This isn’t a bad thing, as I’m quite fond of the grape. I usually like a drier cider, and, to my taste, this could have been even drier, but I acknowledge this isn’t for everyone. All in all it was quite well balanced and, at 7.9%, the alcohol was well hidden.
On the flavour, initially there wasn’t a lot of apple flavours, but the drink was certainly refreshing! As the drink warmed up, however, the apple flavours start to come through. The flavours start off quite laid back, then a bit of aroma comes through, and, before you know it, the apple becomes the dominant flavour. While the name of this cider came from the fact that Mikey made it quite quickly, the flavour is just as sneaky.
I like that this cider was on the dry side. Popular ciders today are often to sweet and they take away from the natural tang of the apples. This cider still had tang without feeling like you were biting into an apple: it tasted like apple, but not too much so! Basically, it was different from what the commercial ciders are doing.
I really liked this cider. I’d do this with some pork chops!