By Erin James
From a small Estonian village amongst picturesque processions of blossoming orchards comes a North American import many are yet to see on shelves—Scandinavian cider. Braggot, sure; mead, of course; beer and wine, Viking-approved; but cider from this herring-faring, sweater-clad Northern European region is far and few between. Brought to the continent by Illinois-based Spirit Group, the Scandinavian Cider is now available in two forms—apple and pear. Using a traditional Nordic recipe with a French influence in production, the SCANDI hard apple cider is a modestly adorned sparkling cider that pushes out aromas of yeast, yellow apples, green grapes and honeycomb. The juicy palate is zesty and reminiscent of moscato wine, with similarly sweet creamy mousse with a lemon peel flavor and acid that drives through the richness. Velkommen cider!