"I had supposed, like most first-time cider sippers, that cider would be simply another sort of wine, which it is not.... cider requires its own neural pathway into gastronomic memory. It must be taken altogether on its own terms, its own emotions, its own colors, its own strengths and liabilities....
I began to find my cider mouth after the third swallow, a progression I've noticed wherever I've served ciders to the uninitiated. A few take to it on the first taste. Most, however, expecting a variation on wine or beer, express polite confusion or disappointment. But I always make sure to pour a second glass. By the third or fourth swallow, if the cider has any merit at all, they set aside their initial expectations and begin to explore the taste, feel, and aroma more freely.
-Frank Browning, Apples
Tandem Ciders creates artisan hard ciders and is located on the beautiful Leelanau Peninsula in Northern Michigan