Going off the beaten path here because I never know what I’ll get to taste on any given day. This morning a young man walked into the store bold as brass and asked if I wanted to taste some cider. I had no idea who he was but cider? At 11.00am? Why not? He showed me a little put together brochure and I instantly recognized the label – I’d seen his cider bottles in the store – always empty and I knew that Bruno was chugging this stuff on a Friday evening because I cleaned up the bottles Saturday morning.
It’s Warwick Valley Distillery – based in Warwick, NY just west of the Hudson River. You’ve probably seen the labels because this stuff is taking over from that apple cider crap they sell at the grocery stores. This is real, absolutely real and as good a cider as I have ever had both here or Somerset, England! I love this whole micro-distillery thing going on – we were one of the first to sell the Hudson Baby Bourbons before he sold out to William Grant and now distributes through one of our boycotted importers. We have Vodka from the Catskills, gin from the Berkshires, and potato vodka from Pennsylvania and now I’m getting cases of cider – both apple and a fantastic Bartlett Pear cider, as well as the most delicious fruit grappa and liqueurs. This is real home-grown, homemade stuff. None of it tasted artificial, the liqueurs could have been made in multi-million dollar facilities in France you couldn’t tell the difference, other than the fact they might be better. The cider is dry, but not bone-sucking style. There’s still a touch of soft sweetness but what struck me most was the absolute purity of the fruit. I tried apple, pear and raspberry and the fruit in each case was so isolated and perfect nothing else interfered. The liqueurs had similar properties – the Blackcurrant Cordial was breathtaking! These are fun, local and brilliantly tasty. Dare to be different – try them.
- Producer: Warwick Valley Distillery
- Vintage: NV
- Varietal: Apple/Pear/Cherry/Blackcurrant
- Country: USA
- Region: New York
- Production: Reasonable
- Availability: Yes. Prices vary.
Order: Ordering is simple. Click on the e-mail link below and tell me how many bottles you think you may want. We’ll figure out the rest from there and reply to your e-mail within 1 day.