SHERBORN, Mass. – May 11, 2020 — Stormalong Cider, a Massachusetts-based cidery, today
announced the release of a new Heirloom Variety 4-Pack as part of the company’s Rare Apple Series .
The variety pack includes a mix of four distinct, dry ciders made with New England Heirloom apples all
packaged in 16 ounce cans.
The mission of our Rare Apple Series is to highlight the extraordinary virtues of cider-oriented, heirloom
apples and their exquisite transformation into distinguished cider. The apples used in these ciders were
all grown in New England on small orchards and then carefully fermented, aged and blended into the
small batches created for this sampler. Each of the four blends showcase the unique aromas and flavors
that true cider apples can bring to the table.
The four ciders in this variety pack include:
● Yarlington Mill – Made with a blend of Yarlington Mill , Kingston Black and Wickson apples. This
cider has a rich, tannic structure from the bittersweet and bittersharp apples used in the blend.
These tannins combine with an aged, caramel-like acidity and slightly mineral character.
● Ashmead’s Kernel – Made with a blend of Ashmead’s Kernel , Roxbury Russet and Knobbed
Russet apples. This cider has a distinctive rich flavor that is well balanced with tart and tangy
acidity. This cider highlights the fruit with fewer tannins.
● Winesap – Single varietal made with 100% Stayman Winesap apples. It’s crisp and fruit forward
with notes of strawberry and jammy fruit.
● Esopus Spitzenburg – Made with a blend of Esopus Spitzenburg , Calville Blanc D’Hiver and
Chisel Jersey apples. This cider has a rich, well-rounded acidity with a complex layered finish.
Along with the Yarlington Mill blend, this cider also highlights tannins and astringency.
“The seemingly unlimited potential in the thousands of apple varieties was something that fascinated me
about cider right out of the gate,” said Shannon Edgar, founder of Stormalong Cider. “Fortunately, in New
England, we still have a significant amount of ‘heirloom’ or sometimes called ‘antique’ apple varieties still
in the ground. We’re rediscovering and just scratching the surface in the United States on the history of
cider and apples, with some varieties originating as early as the 1600’s. Just like wine and famous grape
varieties, cider can yield impressive results when made with unique apples grown with high levels of
acidity, sugar, and tannins. One of cider’s biggest challenges is educating consumers about these
possibilities and elevating the perception. This is one of the goals of the variety pack and we’re excited for
people to experience all the different blends.”
The limited Heirloom Variety 4-pack will be available in Massachusetts, California, Connecticut, and
About Stormalong Cider
Stormalong Cider, founded in 2014, is a Massachusetts-based craft cider company producing a wide range of ciders
focused on apple quality and character. Using a blend of culinary and rare heirloom varieties, Stormalong ferments
and ages its ciders with traditional and modern techniques showcasing the unique characteristics of these diverse
apples. Fascinated and inspired by America’s robust hard cider lineage, Stormalong aims to showcase the diversity,
flavor and quality of cider made with the right apples. For more information visit www.stormalong.com or follow
Stormalong on Instagram @stormalongcider.