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Drink of the Week: Eden Ciders Cellar Series #16: Benjamin

Now that September is in full swing, my liquid cravings have shifted to fall flavors like Boulevardiers, smoky teas, and hard ciders. I might not get the joy of picking apples in nearby orchards this year, so I’m planning to stock my fridge with some of America’s best heritage ciders instead.

Enter Eden Ciders. The Vermont-based cidery never fails to deliver elegant, balanced cider, and the newest installment of the harvest-centric Cellar Series has fully captured my affection. #16: Benjamin is a petillant naturel cider made from a mix of French and English apple varieties, plus some American heirlooms thrown in for good measure. Named after the orchardist who cares for the fifty varieties of apple grown at the orchard, the lightly fizzy blend has all the stately sincerity of a good Brut champagne, with sparkling acidity backed up by flavors of zippy tangerine and honeysuckle. The finish is where it really shines—after that initial burst of citrus it eases into a fresh apple flavor that lingers between each sip. $28 for 750 mL., edenciders.com

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