A little less than two years ago Melissa and I visited a cider company located in Salem, MA. At that time, Far From The Tree was less than a year old and was just getting it start. Fast forward to today, and the cider company has blossomed and is flourishing. Owners Denise and Al caught the cider-craze wave at the perfect time. Far From the Tree has has released many ciders over the last two years and the company now sports a tasting rooms. This week marked an especially important milestone, with the release of Massachusetts’ first canned hopped cider, Nova.
Melissa, who as you know, is the household resident cider expert. She is also, not a beer fan. Knowing this, it should come as no surprise to you that Far From The Tree Nova received an amusing response from her: total and utter yuck face. Her feedback: “smells like beer” and “tastes too much like beer”.
I, on the other hand, LOVE the Nova. It’s perhaps my favorite cider ever. For all the reasons Melissa dislikes it, I think it’s great. The hops come through as bright and well balanced with very light apple and citrus sweetness. The can suggests I should be picking up on some piney hops, but I don’t find it piney at all. And it comes in a tall-boy can…you know I love my tall boys!