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Original Sin Northern Spy Cider

Review: Northern Spy Cider by Original Sin

Review Date: April 23, 2020

Sweetness: Semi-Dry

ABV: 6.70%

Cider Maker’s Description

The Northern Spy is an iconic heirloom apple variety, once widely grown in the United States. A large apple that is dull yellow with marked red stripes, the Northern Spy is high in Vitamin C and is a multi-purpose apple that is excellent for fresh eating, cooking and cider making. The Northern Spy value has always been coveted by apple connoisseurs. Apple expert Fred Lape once dubbed the Northern Spy the "best apple ever grown in the United States."


  • hazy, pale yellow


  • light carbonation


  • fruity, citrus, oranges,


  • citrus, oranges, juicy, red apple flesh


  • biting acidity, crisp


  • apple flavor lasts

Tasting Notes / General Impression

Occasionally I like to sit and just enjoy a cider. If I get the opportunity to try this again, there will be better notes next time.

Reviewer Notes


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Cidery Information

Original Sin
New York, NY

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.