Val ordered this cider when we had lunch. I knew that Cigar City started making ciders and meads, but this was the first time that I saw them on a taplist.
Trivia: According to the cidery website, “Whether you’re a mead of cider enthusiast already or looking to expand you palette beyond beer, we want to offer our customers a diverse selection of ciders and meads brewed with Florida grown ingredients and always 100% natural in the heart of historic Ybor City. Cigar City Cider & Mead opened its doors in late 2014. Since then we have produced countless cider and meads, with most of our offerings exclusive to our tasting room. We recently started canning our Hard Cider and look to expand our canned and bottled lineup soon.”
Random: Their taproom only selections sound really good. I’m not the biggest fan of Florida, but this would make a visit worth it.
The cider poured with less than half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was crystal clear and straw-yellow in color with a lot of carbonation. The nose was nice. It had fresh apples, if I had to guess, I would say Honeycrisp apples and a mild sweet note from honey. The taste had some sweetness from the honey that was apparent in the nose, but finished the sip on the drier side. There was a light yeast characteristic to it, but the star in this cider was the apples and how fresh they tasted. It had a thin body with soda-like carbonation. The finish was quick with apple juice. I liked this cider. Yes, it was simple, but it was easy to drink and very approachable. I would have this again.
Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0