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Old 10-13-2012, 04:09 PM   #1
Jan 2011
West Rutland, Vermont
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I love this apple and had good luck using it as 1/3 of a blend once. I'm going to finnish off my apples this year with a bunch of it. Does anyone else use it? Has anyone done a pure cider from it?
I don't hear it mentioned that much here and I wonder why.

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Old 10-14-2012, 12:49 AM   #2
Nov 2011
Finger Lakes, NY
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N. Spy is a great cider apple. I've used it up to 90% of a blend with success along with a aromatic compliment. Has a very subtle taste. Alone, it makes for a very light, crisp cider with flirty undertones. But when paired with spicy/smoked foods this apple explodes into a burst of flavor and character as those hidden flavors come to the surface.

I suspect that the Spy was historically used as a sharp cider apple with secondary use as a cooker. It's dual use allowed it to survive the prohibition purges when Americans literally destroyed many other classic cider apple varieties.
In all the states no door stands wider,
To ask you in to drink hard cider

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