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Review: B Nektar's The Dude's Rug Cider

We like The Big Lebowski, but we don’t love it. Our tasting panel had more love for B. Nektar’s cider The Dude’s Rug, inspired by a central plot point in the film. It is brewed with tea and chai spices. We were skeptical of this blend, as chai often fails to be appropriately balanced in alcohol, but this one hit the spot perfectly.

Dark amber, vigorous head that doesn’t last long. Wonderful aroma full of white pepper, allspice, cinnamon, and clove. Crisp and sharp apple up front, followed by cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, stewed fruit, and black tea on the finish. Semi- dry, medium light body, little aftertaste. Extremely refreshing. Autumn in a glass, as one of our panelists said.

We don’t give bonus points for marketing, but with a tag line like “it really Chai’d the room together” we were tempted.

Charted Details:

Cider: The Dude’s Rug (Chai spices with black tea)

From: B Nektar, Ferndale, Michigan

ABV: 5.5%

Price: $9 (500ml)

Rating: 94 points

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