Farnum Hill Ciders
Farnum Hill Farmhouse: The most casual cider, pale gold and bubbly, with a stroke of sweetness along with the tart, bitter, and fruity elements that good cider offers. A clean, light “quaffing” cider, blended from earlier apples, and a good introduction to fine ciders. Alcohol content 6.5 percent by volume. Pair with pub cuisine — hearty, savory foods, snacks, sandwiches, soups, meat pies, wings, grill food. Farnum Hill Semi-dry: Golden, gently bubbly, with an array of tropical fruits, citrus and mysterious aromatic notes in the nose and on the palate. The Semi-dry is much less sweet than semi-dry Champagnes. Alcohol content 7.4 percent by volume. Try with seafood, cheeses, ham, poultry, sausage, rabbit, pork, omelettes or quiches and non-red pasta sauces. Farnum Hill Extra-dry: Pale gold, bubbly, dry as it will go. Richly aromatic, suggesting myriad fruits of the earth, and the Earth itself, with a complex, palate-cleansing balance of fruit, astringency, and acid. Made, like Semi-dry, from a range of late-harvest, difficult apple varieties. Alcohol content 7.5 percent by volume. The tannic backbone stands up to some foods, such as meaty stews, commonly associated not with white wines, but with reds. Try with spicy dishes in Indian, Thai or Szechuan styles. Delicate seafood or fish flavors will not lose out to Extra-dry’s acidic profile; indeed they will stand out more vividly against it. Farnum Hill Semi-dry Still: Golden, clear, no fizz. Richly fruity, subtly sweet, luxuriously aromatic, a well-made cider that offers an entertaining trip ‘round the palate with no bubbles to distract attention from flavor. Alcohol content 7.4 percent by volume. Pair with lobster or crab, cheeses, ham, poultry, sausage, rabbit, pork, omelettes or quiches, herbed saucy dishes, such as non-red pasta sauces, risottos, etc. Farnum Hill Extra-dry Still: Pale gold, clear, no bubbles. Radically dry but richly aromatic, fruity, earthy, with a palate-cleansing balance of fruit, astringency, and acid. Alcohol content 7.5 percent by volume. True dry-wine fans can most fully discover the unassisted qualities of cider apples by pouring Farnum Hill Extra-dry Still, where a totally dry white wine or a keen, dry, tannic red might ordinarily be found. Try with spicy dishes in Indian, Thai or Szechuan styles, even delicate seafoods and sushi. Farnum Hill Kingston Black ‘02 Reserve: Golden, still, dry, redolent of muskmelon, orange peel, flowers and bittersweet apple. Made from the temperamental Kingston Black apple, long treasured abroad as a single-variety cider fruit for its rare balance of tannin, sugar and acid. Lovely on its own or as a flattering companion to variety of foods. Farnum Hill Ciders are available at a variety of upscale supermarkets in New Hampshire. Visit www.farnumhillciders.com for more information.