Geography of the Upper Midwest, 101: The glorious state of Michigan is made up of two peninsulas. The big one—the lower half of the state—is what folks around here call the Mitten. If you put that mitten on your left hand, just around the base of your pinky finger would be Fennville, home to Virtue Cider.
Of course, you don’t really need to know any of this to enjoy a bottle of The Mitten, Virtue’s winter blend of bourbon-barrel aged cider and fresh apple juice. But it might help you understand why The Mitten makes those of us in these parts especially happy when the temperatures dip. With its notes of smoky bourbon, vanilla, and caramel and its heady flavor of overripe fruit, The Mitten is exactly what we want to drink when the snow is falling—and, let’s face it, that’s most nights around here for a good stretch of the year.
Drink Me Magazine Review 97/100 Pours hazy golden in color with a luscious aroma of apples and charred oak. Semi-sweet and balanced. Bourbon notes complement but do not overwhelm the fruit. The 2013 vintage received the Gold Medal Award for Cider at the 2013 Festival of Barrel Aged Beer. 6.8%ABV. – MP