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Review: The Grand Banks by Stormalong American Hard Cider

Review Date: June 22, 2019

Sweetness: Dry

ABV: 8.50%

Cider Maker’s Description

This is a serious cider for those that take their cider seriously. We take a succulent blend of top-notch ciders, add these to recently dumped whiskey barrels, and let them bask in the glory of whiskey and oak for 10 months. From apple to glass. From barrel to bottle. This is not some watered down, “infused” liquid. This is straight from the barrel in all its magnificence. This cider has a complex set of tannins derived from both apples and barrel charred oak. These tannins combine with a savory acidity that gives way to notes of vanilla, toffee, and of course whiskey.

We decided to call our barrel aged series of ciders “The Grand Banks” in reverence to the storied fishing grounds 1000 miles off the coast of Cape Cod. For this series we use fresh barrels from our friends at Bully Boy Distillers in Boston. Liquid apple whiskey gold.


  • clear, bright, light golden


  • moderate, fizzy when poured


  • whiskey, oaky, earthy


  • crisp dessert apple, oak, light whiskey flavor


  • cool and crisp


  • quick finish

Tasting Notes / General Impression

Before I knew it, the can was empty. I'll try to get notes next time.

Reviewer Notes


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Cidery Information

Stormalong American Hard Cider
Sherborn, MA

Matthew Ostrander
Matthew favors dry hard ciders with body and leans towards traditional English styles, and he’s also developed a serious appreciation for hopped ciders and creative flavor infused ciders. Though he prefers sweets in solid forms, he does enjoy semi-sweet to sweet ciders responsibly when the mood strikes. Learn more about our Chief Cider Curator here.