B. Nektar The Dude’s Rug

Happy Labor Day! Here’s a cider that the other half picked out last time we stopped at Half Time. Let’s see how it went.

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ABV: 5.5%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Masala chai is a flavoured tea beverage made by brewing black tea with a mixture of aromatic Indian spices and herbs. Originating in India, the beverage has gained worldwide popularity, becoming a feature in many coffee and tea houses. Although traditionally prepared by a decoction of green cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks, ground cloves, ground ginger, and black peppercorn together with black tea leaves, retail versions include tea bags for infusion, instant powdered mixtures, and concentrates. In many places, there is a misconception that ‘chai’ in itself is made with cardamom, ginger, and the other common spices. Masala chai is a flavoured tea beverage made by brewing black tea with a mixture of aromatic Indian spices and herbs. Originating in India, the beverage has gained worldwide popularity, becoming a feature in many coffee and tea houses. Although traditionally prepared by a decoction of green cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks, ground cloves, ground ginger, and black peppercorn together with black tea leaves, retail versions include tea bags for infusion, instant powdered mixtures, and concentrates. In many places, there is a misconception that ‘chai’ in itself is made with cardamom, ginger, and the other common spices.”

Random: Football starts on Thursday. I am beyond excited.

This cider poured with absolutely no head, despite an aggressive pour. The body was a dusky, dark sienna color with no carbonation visible due to the color. The nose had a lot of strong chai tea notes with sweet apples and an abundance of cinnamon. The taste was really strong. It started with chai tea with even more cinnamon than the nose. Then, it went into apple notes, which were sweet red apples and some ginger as well. The body was medium thickness and the carbonation was light. It seemed like this had been sitting on the shelf awhile before I bought it because the carbonation needed to be turned up. The finish was quick and had lots of chai spice. I really wanted to enjoy this one, especially since it’s almost the end of summer, but the carbonation being so light made it really miss the mark for me, despite the high marks it gets on most review sites. I would be willing to try this one again and see if it was just a bad bottle.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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