J.K.’s Cuvee Winterruption.

8369556684_9b0f1ef2f6_tAs a beer geek, I consider myself pretty lucky. Why? because within a 15 minute drive, I can purchase from thousands of craft beers at my local beer store. State Line Liquors is one of the top beer stores in the country. They have an entire wall dedicated to international brews alone.

But that’s not what this post is about.  Just like craft beer was 20 years ago, most American ciders are only available in their local area or state. Some can only be purchased at their farm.  I, like most cider lovers, am eager to get my hands on as many ciders as possible but we are limited to what our local stores have to offer.  I have a Total Wine store 5 minutes away from my home  but they only carry about 6 types of ciders.  Not enough for me.

State Line, however, will be my store of choice, at least for now.  Below is a list of ciders you may find in Elkton, Maryland.  Their cider section does not include this entire list but does offer at least one from each producer. I truly look forward to seeing the cider shelf expand over the years, but for now, this will do.

My latest pick was J.K.’s Cuvee Winterruption from Almar Orchards in Flushing, Michigan.  J.K’s ciders are distributed to at least 20 states so this may be one you see often.   Below this awesome list is my review on J.K’s Winter Hard Cider.

· ACE APPLE CIDER 6PACK #15925 $2.19 $10.99 $39.99
· ACE BERRY CIDER 6PACK #28113 $2.19 $10.99 $39.99
· ACE JOKER CIDER 6PACK #23877
· ACE PEAR CIDER 6PACK #02657 $2.19 $10.99 $39.99
· ACE PUMPKIN CIDER 6PACK #27342 $2.19 $10.99 $39.99
· AEPPELTROEW APPELY BRUT CIDER #20406 $15.69
· AEPPLTROEW POMMEAUX (FORTIFIED) #20407 $24.49
· ANGRY ORCHARD APPLE GINGER SA 6PACK #27030 $1.79 $8.69 $31.99
· ANGRY ORCHARD CRISP APPLE SA 12PACK #29443 $16.99 $31.99
· ANGRY ORCHARD CRISP APPLE SA 6PACK #27028 $1.79 $8.69 $31.99
· ANGRY ORCHARD ELDERFLOWER 6PACK #31180 $1.79 $8.69 $31.99
· ANGRY ORCHARD ICE MAN CIDER 750ML #31094
· ANGRY ORCHARD STRAW MAN CIDER 750ML #31095
· ANGRY ORCHARD TRAD DRY SA 6PACK #27029 $1.79 $8.69 $31.99
· ANGRY ORCHARD VARIETY 12PACK #30948 $16.99 $31.99
· ASPALL CUVEE CHEVALIER 750ML #23286 $17.99
· ASPALL DEMI SEC ENGLISH CIDER 500ML #09368 $6.99
· ASPALL DRY ENGLISH CIDER 500ML #09367
· ASPALL ORGANIC ENGLISH CIDER 500ML #09369
· ASPALL PERRONELLE’S BLUSH CIDER 500ML #26729 $6.99
· BEREZIARTUA CIDER #28588 $9.99
· BLACKTHORN CIDER 4PACK CANS #22985 $2.89 $9.69 $50.99
· CRISPIN A BIRD ON A WIRE BB 12OZ #30489 $5.49
· CRISPIN BARE NAKED CIDER 22OZ #30479 $6.99
· CRISPIN BOHEMIAN CIDER 22OZ #30740 $6.99
· CRISPIN BROWN’S LANE CIDER 4PACK CANS #24932 $2.89 $9.59 $51.99
· CRISPIN CHO TOK CIDER 22OZ #27070 $6.99
· CRISPIN CIDER BLANC 3LITER #29817 $14.99
· CRISPIN CIDER BRUT 4PACK #26255 $2.29 $7.99 $41.99
· CRISPIN CIDER ORIGINAL 4PACK #23192 $2.49 $7.99 $43.99
· CRISPIN CIDER VARIETY 4PACK 22OZ #30697 $18.99
· CRISPIN HONEY CIDER 22OZ #23193 $6.49
· CRISPIN LANSDOWNE CIDER 22OZ #23661
· CRISPIN SAINT CIDER 22OZ #23194 $6.49
· CRISPIN STAGGER LEE 12OZ #27541
· DOCS DRAFT HARD CIDER 22OZ #20590 $5.39 $55.99
· DOCS DRAFT HARD CIDER 4PACK #20920 $2.89 $9.79 $52.79
· DOCS HARD PEAR CIDER 22OZ #20591 $5.39
· DOCS RASPBERRY HARD CIDER 22OZ #20613 $6.29
· DROUIN CIDRE BOUCHE BRUT LAURISTON #00182 $10.99
· DROUIN CIDRE PAYS D’AUGE 750ML #01676 $12.99
· DROUIN CIDRE PEAR 750ML #05458 $15.99
· DUPONT CIDRE  RESERVE #00489 $23.99
· DUPONT CIDRE BOUCHE ETIENNE #00191 $13.59 $140.99
· DUPONT CIDRE BOUCHE ETIENNE 12.7 OZ #27084 $7.99
· DUPONT CIDRE CUVE COLETTE #25549 $27.99
· DUPONT CIDRE DE GIVRE-ICE 375MLT #05884 $25.99
· DUPONT CIDRE ORGANIC 750ML #22040 $14.79
· DUPONT CIDRE POME 1998 375ML #05883
· DUPONT CIDRE TRIPLE 12.7 OZ #28145 $8.99
· DUPONT CIDRE TRIPLE 750ML #23037 $13.99
· FOX BARREL APRICOT PEAR CIDER 4PACK #27246 $2.39 $7.99 $41.99
· FOX BARREL BLACKBERRY PEAR CIDER 4PACK #27247 $2.39 $7.99 $41.99
· FOX BARREL CIDER VARIETY 4PACK 22OZ #30698 $18.99
· FOX BARREL GINGER & BLACK CURRANT 22OZ #28972 $6.49
· FOX BARREL ORANGE & CORRIANDER 22OZ #30739
· FOX BARREL PEAR CIDER 4PACK #27245 $2.39 $7.99 $41.99
· FOX BARREL PEAR CIDER 4PACK CANS #30700 $2.99 $9.69 $51.99
· FOX BARREL PEAR NAKED 22OZ #30480 $6.99
· FOX BARREL POMMEGRANITE PEAR 3LITER #30285 $14.99
· FOX BARREL RHUBBARB & ELDERBERRY22OZ #28973 $6.49
· GREAT SHOALS BOSC & BARTLETT HARD PEAR #29154 $14.99
· HARPOON CIDER 6PACK #24135 $1.99 $7.99 $28.99
· HENNEYS APPLE SWEET CIDER 500ML #19251
· HENNEYS DRY CIDER 500ML #19252 $8.99
· HENNEYS VINTAGE CIDER 500ML #19253 $6.99
· HOGANS DRY CIDER 500ML #24227
· HOGANS MEDIUM  DRY CIDER 500ML #24228 $6.69
· HOGANS PERRY VINTAGE 2009 5000ML #24229 $7.99
· HORNSBY HARD CRISP CIDER 6PACK #03948 $2.09 $9.99 $36.99
· ISASTEGI SAGARDO SIDRA (SPAIN) #29657 $5.99
· ISASTEGI SAGARDO SIDRA (SPAIN) #30807 $10.99
· JK S CUVEE WINTERRUPTION HARD CIDER 22 S #21384 $7.99
· JK SCRUMPYS ORGANIC HARD CIDER 22 #05501 $6.99
· JULIAN BLACK & BLUE CIDER 22OZ #30768 $8.99
· JULIAN CHERRY BOMB CIDER 22OZ #28184 $7.99
· JULIAN HARD CIDER 22OZ #26716 $7.99
· JULIAN HARVEST APPLE CIDER 22OZ #30769 $7.99
· KELLYS RASPBERRY CIDER 6PACK #27913 $1.89 $9.39
· KELLYS TRADITIONAL HARD CIDER 6PACK #27914 $1.89 $9.39 $32.99
· MAGNERS ORIGINAL CIDER 6PACK #00159 $2.29 $11.49 $41.99
· MAGNERS PEAR CIDER 4PACK #25081 $2.39 $7.99 $42.99
· OLIVER BEAN BLUEBERRY CIDER 500ML #30968
· OLIVER BEAN CIDER 500ML #27918
· OLIVER BEAN PEACH CIDER 500ML #27917
· OLIVER BEAN RASPBERRY CIDER 500ML #27916 $4.99
· OLIVER BEAN STRAWBERRY CIDER 500ML #27915
· OLIVERS BLAKENEY RED PERRY 750ML #07959
· OLIVERS BOTTLE COND’D DRY CIDER  750ML #23752 $15.99
· OLIVERS BOTTLE COND’D MEDIUM CIDER 750ML #29992
· OLIVERS BOTTLE COND’D PERRY 750ML #29993 $21.99
· OLIVERS CLASSIC PERRY  500ML #28055 $9.49
· OLIVERS HEREFORDSHIRE DRY CIDER  750ML #07970 $15.99
· OLIVERS HEREFORDSHIRE DRY PERRY  750ML #17494
· OLIVERS TRADITIONAL CIDER  500ML #28054 $7.99
· ORIGINAL SIN APPLE CIDER 6PACK #20788 $2.19 $10.99 $39.99
· ORIGINAL SIN CHERRY TREE CIDER 750ML #27344 $12.99
· ORIGINAL SIN NEWTOWN PIPPIN CIDER 750ML #27345 $12.99
· ORIGINAL SIN PEAR CIDER 6PACK #21410 $2.19 $10.99 $39.99
· PIERRE HUET CIDRE BOUCHE BRUT #28122 $9.99
PIERRE HUET POIRE CIDRE #28123 $9.99
· POMA AUREA #30808 $16.99
· ROSS ON WYE BOTTLE COND DRY CIDER 500ML #26184 $9.49
· ROSS ON WYE MED DRY STILL CIDER 500ML #26183 $8.49
· ROSS ON WYE RUM BARREL MED  CIDER 500ML #26185 $8.49
· SAM SMITH ORGANIC CIDER 18.7OZ #14050 $4.49
· SARASOLA SAGARDOA SIDRE 750ML #17414 $10.99 $115.99
· SPIRE APPLE CIDER 6PACK #31105
· SPIRE DARK & DRY CIDER 6PACK #31107
· SPIRE PEAR CIDER 6PACK #31106 $2.39 $11.69 $41.99
· STRONGBOW BULMERS CIDER 6PACK #04880 $2.09 $9.99 $35.99
· TRABANCO COSHECO PROPIA CIDER (SPAIN) #29658 $9.99
· WESTONS EXTRA DRY OAK 500ML #25665 $5.49
· WESTONS OLD ROSIE CIDER 500ML #25666 $5.49 $55.00
· WESTONS RESERVE 500ML #25664 $5.99 $59.99
· WESTONS STOWFORD PRESS CIDER 500ML #25667 $5.99
· WILLIAMS PERRY BERRY CIDER 4PACK CANS #30630 $2.89 $9.59 $51.99
· WILLIAMS SIR PERRY PEAR CIDER 4PACK CANS #22986 $2.89 $9.59 $51.99
· WOODCHUCK 802 CIDER 6PK #02810 $1.69 $8.49 $30.99
· WOODCHUCK AMBER 12PACK BOTTLES #30953 $15.99 $29.99
· WOODCHUCK AMBER 12PACK CANS #28967 $15.99 $28.99
· WOODCHUCK AMBER CIDER 6pack #02809 $1.69 $8.49 $30.99
· WOODCHUCK BARREL SELECT PRI RES CIDER 6P #26374
· WOODCHUCK BELGIAN WHITE PRI RES 6PACK #28091 $2.09 $9.99 $36.99
· WOODCHUCK CRISP 6PACK #28090 $1.69 $8.49 $30.99
· WOODCHUCK FALL CIDER 6PACK #27316
· WOODCHUCK FARMHOUSE CIDER 750ML #27845 $11.49
· WOODCHUCK GINGER PRI RES CIDER 6PACK #29444 $2.09 $9.99 $36.99
· WOODCHUCK GRANNY SMITH 6PACK #02811 $1.69 $8.49 $30.99
· WOODCHUCK PEAR CIDER 6PACK #01483 $1.69 $8.49 $30.99
· WOODCHUCK PINK 6PACK #31226
· WOODCHUCK RASPBERRY    6PACK #01034 $1.69 $8.49 $30.99
· WOODCHUCK SPRING CIDER  6PACK #25068 $1.69 $7.99 $28.99
· WOODCHUCK VARIETY 12pack #00355 $15.99 $28.99
· WOODCHUCK WINTER CIDER  6PACK #23803 $1.69 $8.49 $30.99
· WOODPECKER BULMERS CIDER 6PACK #02713 $1.99 $9.99 $34.99

The cool thing about ciders is my wife can join me in my reviews. Craft beer is not her thing.  We usually have different views but that’s what makes it fun.

Winterruption is a farmhouse cider with cinnamon, vanilla and maple syrup added. Cider poured  with moderate carbonation and a light golden color.

The aroma provided sweet apple, floral notes and an invitation to a juicy cider. The spices didn’t show in the nose however.

Up next was pure apple goodness. Maple was evident but the spices did not come through the way I expected. This was good. To be honest, if I didn’t know ahead of time, I would not have pulled those flavors out.

Mouthfeel was nice and full with adequate acidity. Winterrruption up long and clean.

The folks at Almar Orchards produce a year-long cider called  J.K’s Scrumpy Orchard  Gate Gold organic cider.  If you are new to ciders or new to J.K’s ciders, visit their website for a description and a brief history of Almar Orchards.

Tell me about your local cider selection.

For more posts on cider please see:

Cider Terms You May want To Know

Pouring Sidra Style – Spanish Cider

Spire Mountain Dark And Dry

The Apples America Never Ate -The True Johnny Appleseed Story

Five Cool Ways To Enjoy Hard  Cider

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7 comments on “J.K.’s Cuvee Winterruption.

  1. OMG! I never knew there were so many ciders being made! I’m not overly find of ciders. I’m primarily a wine gal, will drink the occasional craft beer (particularly of the dark variety) but ciders don’t seem to cut it for me. Probably because of the acidity. But thanks for sharing! That’s quite the list.

    • We are in the early years of American Cider and the industry is growing rapidly. We will see more and more bottles over the years. Some wineries and breweries are now making ciders

  2. Wow! You have some really great options for cider! I’m super jealous…Ross on Wye, Olivers, great spanish cider, great french cider….sounds like quite the place!

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