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Spirit Review: OCG Apple Cider Liqueur by Journeyman Distillery

Cider is having its day (and you will see lots of it being reviewed on this site). Michigan is apple country, and Journeyman Distillery has been making some great products, so our tasting panel was eager to sit down with their OCG Apple Cider Liqueur.

OGC stands for “Old Country Goodness” and is made from Michigan apple cider and spices, fortified with some unaged rye whiskey. Clocking in at only 10% ABC, it is a stretch to call this a liqueur, and is perhaps best referred to as a fortified sweeter cider.

Hazy on the pour, lots of cinnamon, mace, and nutmeg on the nose. Body is medium, and again, more like a higher ABV cider than a liqueur. Sweet but in balance, lots of bright golden apple taste. Shorter finish of cardamom, pie spice and a touch of heat, both from the spices and addition of the rye.

This is just fine on a rock or two in a double old fashioned. Try it in a lower ABV Hot Toddy as well.

Charted Details

Spirit: OCG Apple Cider Liqueur

From: Journeyman Distillery, Three Oaks, Michigan

ABV: 10%

Price: $15

Rating: 90 pts

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