Sample Policy: I have no intention of making money off of this blog. However, I will review cider samples, cider related products and books, local cider events…basically anything cider-related. If you would like to send something, please contact me. I review every sample I receive, so if you send it in, you’ll see a review here within a couple weeks. I enjoy both craft and commercial ciders alike, especially those made from cider apples and/or with a bold flavor.
I promise to give samples the same consideration as any cider I purchase, although I note it is a sample; however, some bias is always a possibility. Like most folks I won’t enjoy everything I try, but I think of my personal opinion as more of an afterthought to my reviews. Note that I don’t give any ratings in reviews, but instead try to give abundant information including price & availability, describe the cider, share some photos, and identify similar ciders and the cider’s likely audience.
Disclosures: I’m all for full disclosure, so it is appropriate for me to share that I have received the following freebies:
2015: 1 VIP ticket to Cider Summit Seattle 2015, a glass of Eden Sparkling Dry, 2 bottles of Angry Orchard Stone Dry, the book Apples to Cider from Farnum Hill, 3 bottles of Boonville Bite Hard cider & a t-shirt, 1 bottle of Woodchuck Hot Cha Cha Cha, 9 cans of Downeast cider, 7 bottles of WildCraft cider, and 2 bottles of Big B’s cider.
2016: 2 bottles of ice cider and 1 bottle of sparkling cider from Eden Ice cider, 2 bottles of Woodchuck Campfire Pancakes, 2 cans of Original Sin Extra Dry, 1 bottle of Newhall Farm Ice Cider, 4 bottles of Angry Orchard – Knotty Pear and Old Fashioned, 2 bottles of Virtue Mitten – 2014 original & cherry plus a bottle opener, 5 cans of Cider Brothers William Tell, 1 bottle of Woodchuck June and Juice, 2 bottles of 2 Towns Hop and Stalk, FlavorActiV Cider Sensory Kit Series One, 2 Towns La Mure, Brooklyn Cider House Still Bone Dry & Half Sour & Kinda Dry, 3 cans of Rhinegeist Cidergeist Semi Dry, 3 cans of Rhinegeist Cidergeist Dry Hopped, 1 bottle of Angry Orchard Walden Hollow, 1 sample of Portland Cider Company Strawperry, Bereziartua Sidra Natural & Edicion Gourmet, 1 VIP ticket to Summer Cider Day 2016 in Port Townsend WA, 2 bottles of Angry Orchard Easy Apple, 1 VIP ticket to Cider Summit Seattle 2016, Dunkertons Dry, Perry, & Black Fox, Number 12 Sparkling Dry, Black Currant Dry, & Chestnut Semi-Dry, 2 Towns Nice & Naughty, Woodchuck Semi-Dry & Ginger Lovin’, 33 Books Co.’s The Original Cider Tasting Mug & 33 Mugs of Cider Book, 2 Towns Traditions Cidre Bouche & Riverwood, 2 Towns Return of the Mack, Angry Orchard & Eden collaboration Understood in Motion: 01, Vermont Cider Co. Wassail & Addison, and Sonoma Cider The Jax, The Sleigh, & The Cutter
2017: Double Cider January box with Honest Abe & Ratel Cider Dry Hopped, Portland Cider Sangria,Virtue Cider The Mitten, Angry Orchard Tapped Maple & Spiced Apple, 2 Towns Flight of the Kiwi, Nashi Orchards Black Swan, Woodchuck Summer Time Pear Ginger, tickets to Cider Rite of Spring 2017 in Portland Oregon, Citizen Cider Wit’s Up, Vermont Cider Co. Cerise, Angry Orchard Maple Wooden Sleeper, Aval Cidre Artisinal, Wyder’s Pear, Raspberry, & Prickly Pineapple, 2 Towns Hop & Stalk and Prickle Me Pink ^2, Gumption Citrus Freak, Jester & Judge Nowhere Special, 2 Towns Traditions La Mure, Wrangletown Original, Oak Barrel Aged, Monument Apples Orchard, & Fieldbrook Nursery Orchard, and 2 Towns Cot in the Act.