I had some pictures of these bottles up on my Flickr account was asked last night about the taste of this cider. I had every intention of blogging a review however that request kind of kicked into gear. Below is an edited and amended version of my response.
Late one Saturday night about a month ago I was checking out some cider and cidery websites and I ran across a good review of Doc's Draft Hard Ciders from Warwick Valley Winery in New York. I surfed on over to their website, read some of their descriptions and company info and was equally impressed. I happen to see a "buy now" link and plopped a few bottles into their website's shopping cart thinking the shipping would be outrageous. The shipping price turned out to be very reasonable so I placed an order for 4 bottles of their standard hard cider only passing up the raspberry blend for some unknown reason. I make both a raspberry and a blackberry blend myself I have no clue as to why I didn't order any. As I said it was pretty late and I know I wasn't thinking clearly thanks to some previously ingested ciders.
The ciders arrived promptly about a week or so later on the 3rd of July from Warwick Valley Winery. I popped a couple in the fridge and waited a whole day to open them on the 4th of July to see just what I had ordered. As some may know ciders can be scary things in North America with bodies and sweetness bordering on Kool-Aid. I can say that I was pleasantly surprised (maybe surprised isn't the word) to find that this was some really really great cider. As the back label stated and as I assumed Doc's is fermented using Champagne yeast which is one of the most common yeasts used in cider production today. I've used it myself more than anything else. Doc's cider was clean and perfectly sweet, not too sweet as it is fairly dry compared to those sickly sweet commodity ciders some companies out there produce.
Doc's cider as promised was big on fresh apple taste and had a really nice balance of alcohol to taste ratio. Don't get me wrong I like them strong but in my opinion flavor can end up playing second fiddle to alcohol strength at times. It may have been the patriotic day and all although Bluegrass, Bourbon and Cider is about all I get patriotic about these days... but I imagined that this cider from an area as old as our country tastes exactly like the type of ancestral East Coast ciders our colonial fore fathers use to enjoy. I've had others I like better here on the West coast however Doc's Draft is well worth the price and shipping.I'll be placing another order very soon that Raspberry blend is more than intriguing now that I know the quality of drink is there.