Hopped Apricot – Salt Spring Wild Cider House (Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada)

Hopped Apricot – Salt Spring Wild Cider House, 6.8% ABV, 750 ml., (Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada) (*local BC cider*)


-The 2nd Salt Spring Wild bottled tasting, 1st being their Plum Cider [C].


on the front-left label and a pic of an Italian prune plum:

“We’ve blended cascade hops, apricots, and organic apples together to create an aromatic cider that challenges conceptions of what cider can be. Both cider lovers and beer lovers will find a perfect union in this flavourful hefeweizen-esque all season cider.”

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  • Style: (flavoured – apricot, cascade hops) Apple Cider
  • Taste: Crisp tangy tart dry apple grapefruit hopped subtle apricot
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $16.15 CAD (after 10% off) – 750ml., March 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: yes

Visual: Bailer-top resealable cap. Pours clear apple juice yellow, no head, very slow and steady countable spread out micro streams.

Nose: muscat, filtered apple juice, slight perfumey apricot. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: firm crisp, bright fruity impression

Mid-palate: micro-tingly, (lvl-2-sweetness), background tangy-soft tart, dry apple juice, juicy grapefruit hopped exhale

Finish: lingering apricot, residual fruity dry apple

Summary: I really appreciate that you can ACTUALLY taste hops and apricots. Good integration and balance of flavours, very nice transitions. Solid stuff, and better than their plum cider.

Isastegi Sagardo Naturala – Sidreria Isastegi Sagardotegia (Tolosa, Spain)


Isastegi Sagardo Naturala – Sidreria Isastegi Sagardotegia, 6% ABV, 750 ml., (Tolosa, Spain)


  • Style: (barrel aged) Apple Cider
  • Taste: Puckery sour soft tart pukey woody apple cider vinegar
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $12.45 (after 20% off) – 750 ml., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: no

Visual: (cellared for 1 year). Plastic wrapped top, real cork. Pours clear pale yellow with no head, large bubbles along the glass wall, bubbles sporadically surfacing. Large sediment settled in the bottle.

Nose: tangy woody apple cider vinegar (lvl-9)-pungency

Attack: virtually flat CO2, very subtle tingly, sour-acidic impression

Mid-palate: (lvl-2-sweetness), huge wet woodiness, apple cider vinegar, big puckery sour pukey funk, subtle green apple

Finish: tart dryish, lingering woody apple juice exhale

Summary: Another traditional cider from Spain, the first Sidra Bere which I reviewed here [B]. This one is too aggressive pukey sour and is lacking in firm crispness in the entry. Too much vinegar and not enough apple coming through.

 

Wild English – Sea Cider (Saanichton, BC, Canada)

Wild English – Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse, 7.5% ABV, 750ml, (Saanichton, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft cider*)


on the back label:

“Earthy, robust and ultra dry, Wild English is not for the faint of heart. Named for the wild yeast fermentation of English cider apples, Wild English delivers the country aromas of a crisp autumn day in the orchard. Raise a glass of Sea Cider and indulge your wild side!”


  • Style: (Dry) Apple Cider
  • Taste: Dry woody slight funk red apple juicy tangy tart more woody exhale
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey /N. Burnaby
  • How much: $16.60 CAD (after 12.5% off) – 750ml., March 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: decent, but too dry for its juiciness

Visual: Bailer top re-sealable bottle. Pours medium-deep golden apple juice yellow with no significant head, very thin ringed retention, a bit of activity but not a lot.

Nose: musky apple juice, some woodiness, trace amount of funk. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp, acidic-dry impression

Mid-palate: (lvl-1)-sweetness, juicy woody red apple juice, medium tart, trace funk, tangy crisp acidity

Finish: woody apple exhale, residual tart puckeriness,

Summary: The woody depth and slight funk adds some interest to this – a decent meal cider and an palate-whetter.

Plum Cider – Salt Spring Wild Cider House (Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada)

Plum Cider (blended with apple cider) – Salt Spring Wild Cider House, 6.8% ABV, 750 ml., (Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada) (*local BC cider*)


on the front-left label and a pic of an Italian prune plum:

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“Homegrown Italian prune plums straight from our farm and blended with organic apples make this a refreshingly distinct cider. Not too sweet, this unique fruit fusion allows the richness of the plums and the delicate tartness of the apples to shine through. Viva la prugna!”

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  • Style: (flavoured – Italian prune plum) Apple Cider
  • Taste: Fizzy-frothy semi-sweet apple juicy straw/raspberry soft tangy acidic
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $17.70 CAD (after 10% off) – 750ml., March 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: non-noteworthy

Visual: Bailer-top resealable cap. Pours slightly hazy rose red with dissipating fizz w/o a head, one tight clusters as well as several single streams.

Nose: grapey-berry apple juice, medium acidic tang. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: fizzy, off-dry, tart, fruity apple impression

Mid-palate: (lvl-3-sweetness), tart-tangy sour red apple juice, generic berry/grapish overtones

Finish: tart acidic, medium sour, thin carry

Summary: Despite the quality bottle, label, pricetag and appearance, this drinks rather average at best. Dominated mostly by sour apple, the plum hardly makes an appearance to warrant calling it a “plum cider”.

Fameuse 2011 – Rustic Roots Winery (Cawston, BC, Canada)

Fameuse 2011 (apple cider and plum wine blend) – Rustic Roots Winery, 11.5% ABV, 750 ml., (Cawston, BC, Canada) (*local BC cider*)


description from the Rustic Roots website, and a photo of a Fameuse apple and Santa Rosa plums:

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“This beautiful sparkling Rosé, made with the Fameuse Apples from the almost Century Old Fameuse Apple tree that stands as our label, is blended with 30% Santa Rosa Plum.  Aromas of Apple Blossom, Strawberry, Raspberry and a touch of caramel are well balanced on the palate with creamy bubbles that roll across the finish.”


  • Style: (flavoured – 30% Santa Rose Plum) Apple Cider
  • Taste: Fizzy-frothy semi-sweet apple juicy straw/raspberry soft tangy acidic
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $23 CAD (after 10% off) – 750ml., September 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to fruit wine aficionados: way, yes way

Visual: (cellared for 6 years). Quality frosted hefty bottle & sturdy cap. Pours light blush pink with a plethora of clustered champagne-like activity, quickly dissipating soda-like 1cm head.

Nose: mainly semi-sweet apple juice with a bit of alcohol detection and slight berry notes. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: fizzy-tingly-crisp, fruity slight acidic impression

Mid-palate: fizzy-frothy mouthfeel, green apple, apple wine tangy acidity, (lvl-3-sweetness), mild strawberry, background red apple juice, subtle short sour

Finish: hint of raspberry, lingering tart sticky gums, mild alcoholic bitter, fruity apple exhale

Summary: Full flavour bouquet at 16°C. Lots of lively mouthfeel here with a solid-bodied fruity apple-berry chassis. Its semi-sweet sugar level is appreciated as it doesn’t leave a cloying feeling in the mouth. Would be excellent with a meal.

Ginger Perry – Sea Cider (Saanichton, BC, Canada)

Ginger Perry – Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse, 5.5% ABV, 750ml, (Saanichton, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft cider*)


(no longer available on their website, checked 2/2017)

on the back label:

“Ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg were prized by European explorers. Finding new routes to source these spices led to Cabot’s voyage of discovery in 1497 and Victoria’s early tea culture. Sea Cider pays homage to the history with Ginger Perry, made from the pears of early British Colonialists and the spices traded by our seafaring ancestors. Raise a glass of Sea Cider to the voyage of discovery!”

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  • Style: (flavoured – ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon) Pear Cider
  • Taste: Sour vinegary soft puckery acidic ginger/nutmeg pear wine tart sticky gums
  • Where I got it : Firefly / Vancouver
  • How much: $16 CAD (after 10% off) – 750ml., December 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: discontinued, but worthy

Visual: (cellared for 5 years). Bailer top re-sealable bottle. Pours crystal clear light yellow with quickly disappearing fizz, a few singular streams, no head, thin spotty-ringed retention.

Nose: nutmeg, slight cinnamon, apple-pear wine (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: sour-vinegary, crisp light fizzy, slightly thicker

Mid-palate: (lvl-2-sweetness), mild tart-medium sour acidic, medium puckery, benign ginger notes, pear wine

Finish: persistent puckery acidity, nutmeg and pear juice exhale, sticky gums.

Summary: Good body, robust and noticeable advertised spices, complete with a sour-puckery-vinegary backbone that engages the palate nicely. Lightly carbonated, but sufficient.

Wild Washington Apple Cider – Tieton Cider Works (Tieton, WA, USA)

Wild Washington Apple Cider Semi-dry, 7.0% ABV, 500ml, (Tieton, Washington, USA)


on the front-right label:

“Washington State grows remarkable apples and this sophisticated cider is a tribute to its origins. It’s sharp with a pronounced mineral quality that satisfies the most refined cider palates, but it also carries enough green apple and preserved lemon flavors to appeal to a more universal audience.

Pair with all meat dishes from Hamburgers to Marinated and Grilled Meats, poultry stews like Coq au Vin, Pastas with spicy sauces and Gnocchi in Sage Butter.

Our fresh pressed juice comes from apples grown in the Pacific Northwest. We blend American, English, and French cider varieties essential for the complexity you will find in our ciders. Enjoy well chilled.”

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  • Style: (semi-dry) Apple Cider
  • Taste: Plain flat CO2 woody red-green apple juice tart
  • Where I got it : Liquor Barn / N.Burnaby
  • How much: $18.60 CAD (after 10% off) – 500ml., December 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: no

Visual: Pours translucent unfiltered apple juice light orange with a shade of red, absolutely no head,  a few tight clusters of micro activity.

Nose: unfiltered woody apple juice, rather clean. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: tangy juicy flat CO2

Mid-palate: light sour acidity, (lvl-2-sweetness), apple wine, red apple juice

Finish: woody green apple peel exhale, tart sticky gums

Summary: Pretty straightforward soft woody red-green apple blend, moreso on the red side. I’m not liking the lack of carbonation which dulls the drinking experience and accentuates the tartness. Also hte body is a tad thin. Just average.