Perry: The forgotten cider
Meet hard cider’s “underrated cousin,” said Samantha Bakall in the Portland Oregonian. Perry, a beverage made from fermented pears, has long been a favorite of cider makers, but only a few produce it in the U.S., mostly in the Pacific Northwest. Two styles are available: modern perries, made from sweet pears, and heritage perries, made from pears cultivated for their astringent qualities.
Dunkertons Organic Perry ($9). Sold in 500 ml bottles, this clean-tasting offering from Herefordshire, England, is the benchmark for what a heritage perry should taste like.
E.Z. Orchards Poire ($8). Made from a blend of dessert and heritage pears, this Oregon perry has “a delicate, lightly funky nose” that won over our tasters.
Snowdrift Seckel Perry ($16 for 750 ml). The runner-up, for our panel, was this lively Washington perry with an apple-y nose. ■