The Semi-Dry pours clear, with no head and not much of a nose aside from a vaguely yeasty, apple aroma. It’s interesting—far more interesting that I was expecting, in the same way that a good apple cider is far more interesting than a store-bought apple juice. Shacksbury used a mix of dessert and bittersweet apples handpicked from Vermont and England for the Semi-Dry, and it lands softly on the sweet end of the spectrum without being cloying in any way. You get a layer of sweet apple, sure, but also white grapes, some tart green apple and there’s a puckering affect on the back end, much like what you find in a lightly soured beer. In fact, there’s even a layer of salinity going on, making this cider reminiscent of a very light gose.  Complete Review

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