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Know Your Escanciador: how to pour sidra naturala
The way that you pour a glass of cider is very important in Asturias. Escanciar, the act of pouring cider from high above, is more than just a cultural touchstone or a show for tourists; it is an essential aspect of the proper serving and enjoyment of Natural Cider. Every bit as important as a tea ceremony, pouring a “perfect pint,” or properly tasting a glass of wine, there are real reasons behind this ritual.
1. The distance that the cider must travel to the glass increases the force at which the cider hits the surface.
2. The angle of the glass ensures the cider hits the side of the glass so that the impact isn’t diminished by cider already in the glass.
3. The force of impact aerates the cider, releasing the aromatics and giving it a frothy texture.
4. The small pour enables the drinker to consume in a single draught.
5. The single draught enables the drinker to enjoy the aromatics and full flavor before the cider settles back down in the glass.
In the Press
From the New York Times
Eric Asimov of the New York Times suggests that for “Your 2014 Resolution: Drink Adventurously.” Follow the link to see his 20 recommendations for under $20, including Joan d’Anguera Altaroses and El Maestro Sierra Oloroso.
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