In addition to purchasing a few bottles of Julian Hard Cider (Apple) in Julian, CA; I also purchased three bottles of the Julian Cherry Bomb (Hard Cider). I did not know what to expect prior to cracking open the bottle. What I did know is that if Julian Cherry Bomb was anything like the Julian Hard Cider I was going to enjoy the experience.
I took the first tentative sip of the Cherry Bomb and was amazed at the balance between sweet and dry. Cherry Bomb starts off sweet, ends dry and finishes off with an amazing cherry flavor. Where have I tasted this cherry flavor before? It was familiar, but my personal experiences with cherries are fresh picked Bing Cherries. I could not place the cherry flavor. The back of the bottle states that the hard cider is “handcrafted with the juice from the famed Montemorency Cherry” that is added to the Julian Hard Apple Cider. A quick search on Google and I realize that the Montemorency Cherry is the primary sour cherry (Prunus cerasus) that is used in baking pies, preserves and jams in the United States.
Cherry Bomb is sweeter than the Hard Apple Cider produced and bottled by the Julian Hard Cider Company, but not so sweet to be described at sickly sweet. It is a nice alternative to the drier Hard Apple Cider. Once again, the carbonation is perfect and before I knew it, I finished off the 22 fluid ounce / 650 ml bottle. It was almost too easy to drink, and with a 6.99% ABV (Alcohol by Volume), I slept well that evening.
Whereas I was able to find the Julian Hard Apple Cider in the local liquor store and grocery store here in Houston, I was not successful finding the Julian Cherry Bomb Hard Cider. If you happen see a bottle of the Cherry Bomb in a store, do not hesitate to make the purchase. Whether well chilled or served over crushed ice, you will find this hard cider to be prefect after a day at the office or working in the yard.
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