Tour de Donut
Despite my better judgment, it is on.
Nominations for the best cider donut have closed, and I have tallied up the results. When all was said and done, there were ten local orchards that were nominated. I am going to try and take on the Herculean task of visiting half of them in one day, and determine who makes the best apple cider donut.
You know, for those of us who think criteria can be created to measure such a thing.
And I’m taking you all with me. Well, anyone who wants to come. But you’ve got to buy your own donuts. And provide your own transportation. So really, I guess I’m not taking you anywhere. But still, you are all invited.
Most of the details of this ridiculous plan follow. All except for the date and time of course. This is in part to help keep a tally of how many people are coming. Those details will be sent via email for anyone who is interested in testing their physical stamina and psychological endurance.
Curious to see if your orchard made the cut?
Ultimately these orchards came down to the top vote getters within a reasonable geographic proximity. While I really hoped to end the whole thing with a distillery visit, the two votes for Goold’s and the one vote for Golden Harvest weren’t enough to justify crossing the Hudson. Even with Leah’s impressively lurid description of the Goold’s specimen.
I will have to remember to make a special stop at Goold’s next time I’m out to pick up a bottle of applejack.
Anyhow, Indian Ladder is the front-runner with five votes followed closely by Altamont Orchard with four. A few orchards received three votes, but Bowman rose to the top among those based on the strength of the descriptions from Tell Me More, Tell Me More.
Perhaps I should have stopped at three.
But since we’ve got to cross the Mohawk anyway, there are two more cider donuts to try just a stone’s throw away: Lakeside Farms (one of the other three vote establishments) and Fo’Castle Farms that made phairhead scream about just how good they are. I’m not accustomed to such displays of emotion around here.
It’s ambitious, but it’s not that ridiculous. You can check out the route map here, with driving times and everything.
I like the tight little cluster. All the tasting will be done west of the Northway. Which does mean skipping out on Liberty Ridge Farm this time around. But we will not have time for corn mazes with five different donuts to taste.
Speaking of tasting, let me tell you how this will work.
Anyone is welcome to come and participate in the formal evaluation. But just because you come doesn’t mean you have to officially participate. You can just eat for fun and enjoy some fussy little company.
Score sheets are in development and will be provided for those who want to go whole hog. Please bring your own pen. Scoring will not be anonymous, but you can use your online identity if you like. You will need to review all five donuts for your votes to count. For the final tabulation some categories will receive different weights, thus the official winning donut will not be revealed until the tasting wrap-up post is completed.
Just be aware, if you attend, your picture may be taken and it could end up someplace on the Internet. I would think that goes without saying in this day and age, but it doesn’t hurt to put it in writing.
Participants are welcomed and encouraged to blog or tweet or facebook all about this at any point before, during or after the tour. In the meantime, if you are interested in coming along, please let me know in the comments below, and I’ll email you about the details of date and start time. For your planning purposes, it is most likely to be a weekend morning.
I’m really looking forward to this, and think it will be a great three hours. That’s my best estimate, from start to finish, but it could drag out a bit longer depending on crowds. I have budgeting for 70 minutes of total driving time and 20 minutes at each location. Now we’ll just see how many of you are crazy enough to join me.