Perry – Sea Cider (Saanichton, BC, Canada)


Perry – Sea Cider., 6.0% ABV, 750ml, (Saanichton, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft cider*)


from the website:

A rare drink from a secret orchard. Vancouver Island perry pears have produced this exquisitely dry sparkler, combining classic English style with Vancouver Island’s pioneering roots. Raise a glass of Sea Cider to the perry of our past!

The Story:

Sea Cider’s Perry is made with true perry pears – a type of pear grown only for crafting Perry – a drink found only in northern France and Britain. Several years ago a heritage perry orchard was discovered a few miles from Sea Cider. A few dozen fifty-foot pear trees stand majestically and are all that remain on what was once acres of farmland. Since then Sea Cider has picked these heritage pears every year to produce a small batch of perry in the traditional Herefordshire style. Fermented with champagne yeast, the hard tannins soften during fermentation to produce this delicately nuanced drink.

Tasting Notes: 

  • Appearance: Clear, light straw in colour, gently effervescent, bright
  • Aromas/Flavours: Pear drops, pear juice
  • Acid/Sweetness: Dry but with hint of perry’s natural unfermentable sugars to balance the acidity
  • Mouth feel: Lightly tannic, sharp

Suggested Food Pairings:

Grilled salmon, shellfish, creamy pasta, Thai green curry, samosas, fried foods (fish & chips, spring rolls, french fries), fresh salads, mild cheeses.”

  • Style: Pear Cider
  • Taste: Acidic apple vinegar sour red apple hint of pear mild tannic
  • Where I got it : ??
  • How much: $16 CAD? (after 10% off) – 750ml., sometime in 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: if you like dry ciders

Visual: (old labeling prior to 2015). Pours clear medium golden yellow with close clusters of activity.

Nose: funk, red apple, pear juice (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: incoming fruity acidity

Mid-palate: big sour apple vinegar acidity, dry (lvl-2)-sweetness, dense fruity red apple, champagne

Finish: light tannic, sticky gums, subtle pear exhale.

Summary: To be honest it tastes more like red apple than any pear you’ve ever had from the supermarket. Perhaps perry pears just taste that way. In any case, the acidity and dryness are too aggressive for me to enjoy as a sipper; this probably goes best with a meal. Decent clean flavours with structured acidity.