J.K.’s Northern Neighbour Farmhouse Cider Saskatoon Cuvée – Almar Orchards (Flushing, MI, USA)

J.K.’s Northern Neighbour Farmhouse Cider Saskatoon Cuvée – Almar Orchards, 5.5% ABV, 22 fl.oz., (Flushing, Michigan, USA)

on the back label:

“We invite you to celebrate a collaboration of a few passionate American and Canadian farmers. The fruits of their labor are presented in this bottle, a family reunion of sorts. This delightful cider is made from Michigan apples and a unique Canadian prairie apple, the Saskatoon. Gathered by J.K. from family orchards in Michigan and Saskatchewan, this natural cider has been carefully fermented here at Almar Orchards using our traditional methods. We hope you enjoy sharing this cider that knows no borders with friends, family, and neighbours.”


  • Style: Apple Cider
  • Taste: Sweet woody tangy-zingy mildly alcoholic apple juicy slightly cloying
  • Where I got it : Uwajimaya / Seattle
  • How much: $9.20 USD = $11.90 CAD, October 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: a good balance

Visual: Pours orange-red with large suspended bits of sediment, no activity and no head, just a few bubbles clinging to the side of the glass.

Nose: woody apple juice with a some sweet acidity, hint of yeastiness, deep flavour. (lvl-10)-pungency

Attack: incoming dense apple sweetness, thicker mouthfeel, tangy-zingy

Mid-palate: woody apple juice, mild apple cider vinegar tang mixed with hidden alcohol, (lvl-6-sweetness), hints of peach

Finish: slightly cloying sugars, juicy apple-white peach exhale

Summary: Quite an approachable sweet cider with bit woody apple flavour and a bit of tang and sourness to round it out. The sugars become a bit cloying after several sips so this goes best with a savoury meal.