Bittersweet – Sea Cider (Saanichton, BC, Canada)


Bittersweet – Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse, 7.2 ABV, 750ml, (Saanichton, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft cider*)

from the website:

Bittersweet apples are the backbone of traditional English cider and are some of the rarest apples in Canada. We grow several of these prized varietals, which can be heart breaking to grow, yet produce some of the world’s finest cider. Our Bittersweet cider is an off-dry sparkler expressing the classic phenolic character of this coveted fruit. Raise a glass of Sea Cider to a bittersweet tradition!

The Story:
Sea Cider’s Bittersweet is a cider truly rooted in tradition. Dabinetts, Yarlington Mills and other English bittersweets have been patiently cultivated on Sea Cider’s farm to bring you this rare libation. While most people would consider bittersweet apples inedible in a culinary sense, their bitter flavour imparts a cider full of character. These apples are high in tannin, low in acid and provide the classic flavour of the finest English ciders. Enthusiasm for these varietals and their importance in cider making apples goes back to the 13th century! In a market increasingly dominated with ciders made from dessert apples, Bittersweet brings the classic phenolic character that can only come from the true cider-making apples of yesteryear.

Tasting Notes:

  • Appearance: Clear, bright, amber
  • Aromas, flavours: Phenolic, spicy, cut apple, orchard leaves
  • Acid/sweetness: Off-dry
  • Mouthfeel: Soft astringency, gently effervescent

  • Style: Apple Cider
  • Taste: Crisp tart sweet apple juice very subtle bitter
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N.Burnaby
  • How much: $15 CAD (after 12.5% off) – 750ml., September 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours clear pale orange-yellow, dissipating fizz with large bubbled ringed retention, spread out clusters of active streams.

Nose: acidic apple juice with hints of grape, a bit of woodiness (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp, incoming puckery tart

Mid-palate: light-med sour tart, (lvl-4-sweetness), sticky apple sugars, tangy apple juice, soft woodiness, medium tart

Finish: subtle bitterness, light burpy, sticky gums, red apple juice exhale, residual sour acidity.

Summary: Drinks like a sour, light-tart puckery Martenelli apple juice with undetectable alcohol.