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.

Rekorderlig Passionfruit Cider (Sweden)

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  • My Rating: [C+]

Rekorderlig Passionfruit Cider – produced by Åbro Bryggeri, 4.5% ABV, 50cl., (Vimmerby, Sweden)


Ingredients: Carbonated water, pear- and apple wine, sugar, flavors, acid: citric acid, preservatives: potassium sorbate, sulphor dioxide, acidity regulator: sodium citrate, colour: caramel colouring.


  • Style: (flavoured – passionfruit) Apple & Pear Cider
  • Taste: Moscato d’asti white grape-pear partially cloying candylike
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $3.80 CAD – 50cl., April 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: not really

Visual: Pours very light white wine yellow with only a few barely steady large bubble streams.

Nose: moscato without the acidity (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp-soda fizzy, burpy

Mid-palate: (lvl-7-sweetness), moscato d’asti-like grape/pear, dissipating cloying sugar hit, background apple,

Finish: artificial candy-like passionfruit, subtle alcohol bitterness

Summary: Drinks something like a Moscato d’asti but more sugar and less acidity. Quite basic, but enjoyable if you like sweet and fruity cider/frizzantes. No real depth.

Rekorderlig Apple-Blackcurrant Cider (Sweden)

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  • My Rating: [C+]

Rekorderlig Apple-Blackcurrant flavored Pear Cider – Åbro Bryggeri, 4.5% ABV, 50cl., (Vimmerby, Sweden)

Ingredients: Carbonated water, pear- and apple wines, sugar, flavours, acid: citric, regulators, preservative, etc etc.

  • Style: (apple, blackcurrant) Flavoured Pear Cider
  • Taste Profile: Sweet blackcurrant liquid candy
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $3.20, April 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: for the casual drinker

Visual: apple, blackcurrant, and pear in a can, sounds good right? Pours clear light ruby red with a large dissipating bubbly head, ringed retention, lots of fast spread out streams.

Nose: mostly Ribena blackcurrant juice, some apple juice (5/10)-pungency

Attack: sweet blackcurrant candy

Mid-palate: tangy acidity, alcohol detection, light sour, (lvl-7)-thick sweetness, (MAIN) fruity blackcurrant, blackberry, apple backbone

Finish: blackcurrant exhale, fruity finish.

Summary: Tastes like blackcurrant, the candied version from start to finish. No necessarily bad, but very one note. Zero blackcurrant listed in the ingredients so quite a feat. Check out my reviews of their Elderflower [C+] and Wild Berries Ciders [C]