Okay, so I realize today is Cabernet Day (#CabernetDay), but that wasn't the variety I was in the mood for. What I was in the mood for is Hall Home Place Vermont Ice Cider.
Located in Isle La Motte,Vermont, Hall Home Place Ice Cider is well worth the purchase. Their cidery produces its ice cider using apples from their family orchard.
I bought their M&E Ice Cider at the Essex Junction 5 Corners Farmers' Market. Medium gold in color, the nose is sweet with a bit of tart macintosh appley aroma. You can taste the apples on the palate, a bit of sweet and tart in the same sip. The ice cider is full bodied (obviously), with high acidity and a very long finish. I will absolutely be buying this again (although, I really can't recall what I paid for it).
From the Hall Home Place website:
“This dessert drink is wonderful served with cheeses before dinner and after with your favorite fruit dessert. Or just sip it on those hot summer days to refresh or those cold winter nights to recall the great taste of fall apples.
Available in early summer 2011, the 2010 vintage is bottled in 375 ml or 187 ml (if you’re just looking for a small taste or gift) bottles.
We’ll have special Ice Cider tastings at the Cidery throughout the summer and fall, (check back for dates), at the Isle La Motte Farmers Market (see the link below), and other sites throughout the state.
The farm the family orchard is located on has been in the family since the late 1700’s. The Historic stone farm house the Cidery is in (along with the South End Café) was built for the family in 1828 and has housed the Hall family since then.”