Sample Policy: I will review samples of bottled or canned ciders, cider related products and books, local cider events…basically anything cider-related. If you would like to send something, please contact me. At this time I review every sample I receive, so if you send it in, you’ll see a review here within a couple weeks.
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.
I have no intention of making money off of this blog. Although my stats are great for a cider blog (several hundred visitors a day), that is low for the blog world, so I don’t anticipate adding any ads beyond whatever my blog host requires, as ad revenue wouldn’t exceed the cost of different hosting which allows ads.
Disclosures: I’m all for full disclosure, so it is appropriate for me to share that I have received the following freebies:
2015: VIP ticket to Cider Summit Seattle 2015, a glass of Eden Sparkling Dry, Angry Orchard Stone Dry, the book Apples to Cider from Farnum Hill, Boonville Bite Hard cider & a t-shirt, Woodchuck Hot Cha Cha Cha, 3 varieties of Downeast cider, 7 varieties of WildCraft cider, and 2 varieties of Big B’s cider.
2016: 3 varieties from Eden Ice cider, Woodchuck Campfire Pancakes, Original Sin Extra Dry, Newhall Farm Ice Cider, Angry Orchard Knotty Pear & Old Fashioned, Virtue Mitten – 2014 original & cherry, 5 varieties from Cider Brothers William Tell, Woodchuck June and Juice, 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, Rhinegeist Cidergeist Semi Dry, Rhinegeist Cidergeist Dry Hopped, Angry Orchard Walden Hollow, Portland Cider Company Strawperry, Bereziartua Sidra Natural & Edicion Gourmet, VIP ticket to Summer Cider Day 2016 in Port Townsend WA, Angry Orchard Easy Apple, 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 & 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, 2 Towns Cot in the Act, the book “Tasting Cider“, Urban Tree Cider Original, Classic, & Barrel-Aged, Angry Orchards & EZ Orchards Understood in Motion 02, VIP ticket to Cider Summit Seattle 2017, 2 Towns Hollow Jack, Eden & Tilted Shed collaboration Two Ellies, Gitche Gumee Entropy, Ramborn Perry & Cascade Hopped Cider, a cidrbox with Farnum Hill Extra Dry, Kingston Black, & Semi Dry, 2 Towns Traditions Cidre Bouche, Vermont Cider Co. Ingrained, multiple selections from Winesellers, Ltd. (Manoir de Grandouet Cidre Fermier Brut, Le Brun Poire, Cidrerie Daufresne Poire, Domaine de la Minotiere Cidre Fermier Bio Doux, Domaine de la Minotiere Cidre Fermier Bio Brut, Manoir de Grandouet AOP Pays d’Auge Cidre, Cidrerie Daufresne Brut Cidre, Sidra Asturiana Mayador Still, & Sidra Asturiana Mayador Sparkling), Liberty Ciderworks Spokane Scrumpy, English Style, & Hewe’s Crab, Angry Orchard Pear, Eden The Falstaff, French Cider Inc.‘s Pierre Huet Pays D’Auge Cidre, Lefevre Winter Cidre, & Hérout Cotentin Extra-Brut, Portland Cider Co. Cranberry, Citizen Cider Mr. B & Ms. B, 2 Towns Man Gogh, and Virtue Cider Michigan Brut.
2018: Portland Cider Co. Concord Grape & Apple & Hop’Rageous, & Sangria. Citizen Cider Tulsi. 2 Towns Pacific Pineapple. Woodchuck Tank Series Pear Ginger. 2 Towns Passion Statement. Angry Orchard Rosé. French Cider Inc.‘s Pierre Huet Poire Demi-Sec & Herout Cotentin Brut & La Chouette Cidre Rosé. Angry Orchard Understood in Motion 03 collaboration with Tom Oliver. 2 Towns Easy Peasy. Eden Heritage. 2 Towns Pearadise. Woodchuck Cucumber Mint. French Cider Inc.’s Kystin Opalyne, Kystin Cuvée VXII, & Kystin Kalysie. Grand Illusion Mystic Citra Pineapple, Blue Illusion, and Street Magic. Anyday Rosé. 2 VIP tickets to Cider Summit Seattle 2018. Portland Cider Co. Perfect 10 and Pumpkin Spice. Woodchuck Pearsecco and Rosé. Portland Cider Co. Cranberry. Woodchuck 802 Lil’ Dry.
2019: Woodchuck Belgian White, Seattle Cider Pineapple Agave, 2 Towns Easy Squeezy, 2 Towns Two Thorns, 2 Towns Camp Clementine, 2 Towns Afton Field, Woodchuck Sangria, French Cider Inc. Herout D-Day Commemorative Brut, Herout Micro-Cuvée, & Kupela Basque Cider. Double Mountain Arkansas Black. Applegarden Farm Hard Cider, Greenwood Lingonberry, Stone Circle Semi-Dry, Far West Orchard Blend No. 1, Greenwood Dry, Far West Proper Dry, Stone Circle Sour Cherry, and Stone Circle Dry, all from Press Then Press. Eden Harvest Cider. Double Mountain Wickson Crab. 2 VIP tickets to Cider Summit Seattle 2019. Portland Cider Peach Berry. 2 Towns Hollow Jack’d. 2 Towns Cosmic Currant.
2020: Portland RazzBerry. Double Mountain Wickson Crab. Portland Ciderade. Nectar Creek Nectarade (Lemon-Lime) and Top Bar (Coffee) from 2 Towns. Peak Bloom, Deep Cut, Siren Song, and Benjamin from Eden. Locust Peach Ginger. Greenwood Whiskey Barrel Heirloom. Tieton Huckleberry. Spin Cider An Apple for Teacher, Sammamish River Trail, & Tour de Lopez. Snow Capped Gold Rush, Colorado Peach, Sour Cherry, Plum Lemongrass, 6130′ Dry, & JalaPEARno. Fenceline Spur Bearer, Whip & Tongue, and Pommeau. Portland Cider Crangerine and Blueberry Bourbon Basil.