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Left Foot Charley The Cunning Ham

Review: The Cunning Ham by Left Foot Charley

Review Date: December 19, 2018

Sweetness: Dry

ABV: 7.00%

Cider Maker’s Description

In the realm of rustic ciders, the pursuit of funky qualities requires a cunning hand if one is to avoid disaster. This farmhouse style cider is named for Graham who shed light on the possibility of alternative yeast selections. We fermented this hard cider with Saison yeast in French Oak puncheons. Including an extended rest with the yeast, we aged the cider unfiltered. It's dry and tannic, yet still retains a bright reminder of the orchards from whence it came.


  • clear, light golden color


  • quick fizz, very tiny bubbles


  • oak, light funkiness, traditional English farmhouse cider


  • woody, oaky, slightly bitter


  • pleasantly acidic, noticeable but not dominant tannins


  • lingering oak flavored astringency

Tasting Notes / General Impression

this is a new addition to my 'favorites' list, the aromas and taste remind me of Basque sidra

Reviewer Notes


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Cidery Information

Left Foot Charley
Traverse City, MI

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.