The Muse Apple Cider – Angry Orchard (Cincinnati, OH, USA)

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The Muse Apple Cider – Angry Orchard, 7.7% ABV, 1 pt 6 fl.oz., (Cincinnati, Ohio, USA)

printed on the back of the bottle:

“The Muse is the newest addition to our Cider House Collection. Inspired by the festive nature of slightly sweet Demi-Sec champagnes and sparkling wines, the Muse is bubbly and effervescent. It is made from traditional culinary and bittersweet apples and aged on French oak. The Muse is sweet up front with a juicy apple aroma and bright acidity, and slightly drying on the finish with a lingering sweet apple note. The French oak adds a subtle wood impression, imparting notes of cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and hints of vanilla.”

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  • Style: Apple Cider
  • Taste: Clean balanced baked red-green apple woody sour-sweet-acidic-tart bubbly.
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $15 (now $13 before tax) – 750ml., October 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes, to be shared
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: yes very good sir

Visual: Pours clear deep golden yellow with a small head, continually re-emerging fizzy head, the most activity I’ve ever seen in a cider. A wondrous sight.

Nose: lightly acidic, sweet & sour red apple juice. (lvl-9)-pungency

Attack: concentrated sugars and flavours

Mid-palate: juicy-tingly light fizzy mouthfeel, clean (lvl-5)-sweetness sugars, medium dissipating sour-tangy, (MAIN) apple wine, baked red & green apple, yeasty, light woody

Finish: cinnamon, alcohol hit, lingering sour acidity, thickened saliva, fruity finish.

Summary: It packs the density and body of an icewine yet offers a refreshing effervescent texture and mouthfeel. Extremely sippable and approachable. One of the best quality ciders I’ve had to date. The last good one I had was Temptation Frizzante – The View back in Oct, 2012.