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Original Sin Ranked Top Cider

OS was just ranked the top store bought cider by Topdust.com.  Check out this link to the top 10 list. 


1. Original Sin

It sounds cool to order. It tastes great to drink. The logo looks like it should be a band's album cover. Original Sin is just great. Another craft brew that slips sneakily in to this list, but darn it if I don't love it. The flavor is a perfect blend of tart, with just enough sweetness to keep it fun. Back when it was first made, the bottles had a paper snake logo hand wound around the bottle. As demand grew, this became impractical to do and the owner had to compromise with a slightly less awesome design, but the great flavor stayed. I mentioned that Doc's makes me feel grown up, and the new Woodchuck logo makes me feel childish. Original Sin makes me feel exactly the age I am. It's acerbic, yet yielding, almost watery in taste, and yet somehow full of flavor. This cider may well have been the reason Adam and Eve said yes to the snake. And I consistently find it available in bodegas, delis and pharmacies. It's my top pick on a very competitive list.

Happy drinking! (Please do so responsibly)

WineandSpirits.com highlights Northern Spy!

Original Apple for Original Sin Cider

Feb. 13, 2015 – Listen up, cider fans, Original Sin Hard Cider has just shipped a limited release of their latest hard cider made with Northern Spy apples.  The cider will be available in selected markets in kegs.  Northern Spy Dry Cider is the latest addition to their line of single varietal heirloom series featuring Heirloom Series Newtown Pippin and Heirloom Series Cherry Tree hard cider.

We spoke to Gidon Coll, the founder and CEO of Original Sin and his enthusiasm for saving America’s heirloom apples is contagious. The Northern Spy dates back to around 1800 originating on the farm of Herman Chapin in East Bloomfield, N.Y. near Rochester.  There’s even a bronze plaque commemorating the location of the original tree.  Gidon told us that in mid-19th century, there were over 15,000 named varieties of apples growing in this country.  These days, only eleven different apples comprise about 90 percent of apples in supermarkets.  We’ve swapped flavor and texture for even shape, good looks and longevity. What a pity.

Described as “the best apple ever grown in the United States” by apple expert Fred Lape, Northern Spy’s popularity was confined to the local region until about 1840, when it began to attract greater attention. In 1852, the American Pomological Society listed the Northern Spy as a variety of promise and worthy of general cultivation. By the early 1900s, the Northern Spy was considered the third most popular apple grown in the United States.

Gidon Coll has been making cider for 17 years.  He experiments with the heirloom varieties he grows on his family’s old dairy farm in upstate New York and he strives to make his cider in the style of the early settlers – dry, not cloyingly sweet like many modern ciders. He has planted an orchard where he grows cider, modern day and heirloom apples and is dedicated to increasing the diversification of apple varieties in the United States.

His medal winning dry ciders have received accolades from many quarters including Food & Wine, The New York Times, Business Week, and The Tasting Table.  His is possibly the only American cider exported to the U.K. and Japan.  In fact, Original Sin Northern Spy Dry Cider has already shipped to Japan and Hong Kong.  Better get yours fast!  For a list of market availability check out Original Sin’s Limited Release Dry Cider Under our Hot New Products button.

Originally published at http://www.wineandspirits.com/original-apple-for-original-sin-cider/