Gabbie’s Premium Semi-Dry Cider – Ravenskill Orchards (Gabriola Island, BC, Canada) 

  • My Rating: [C+]

Gabbie’s Premium Semi-Dry Cider – Ravenskill Orchards, 6.5% ABV, 750 ml., (Gabriola Island, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft cider*)


On the front-right label:

“Gabbie’s premium ‘Semi-Dry’ cider is handcrafted in a traditional ‘old-world’ style using ‘new world’ techniques. A perfect blend of distinctive flavour and colourfully named apple varieties such as Yarlington Mill, Newtown Pippin, Kingston Black & Porter’s Perfection.”

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  • Style: (semi-dry) Apple Cider
  • Taste: Clean crisp filtered semi-dry apple juice white wine notes tart finish
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $18.40 CAD (after 10% off) – 750 ml., March 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: too ordinary

Visual: Wrinkly paper sticker label. Pours clear dirty yellow with no head, very loose clusters of slow steady streams.

Nose: filtered apple juice, floral perfume (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: very crisp bite, tingly CO2

Mid-palate: clean filtered apple juice, background tangy acidity, (lvl-3-sweetness), chardonnay notes

Finish: tartness, lingering apple aromas, off-dryness

Summary: Pretty ordinary actually, nothing in the flavour strikes me as “premium” at all. It’s clean and direct from start to finish – mainly apple with a hint of wine, but the taste certainly doesn’t justify the price at $20/bottle.