Mure Oh! – Merridale Ciderworks (Cobble Hill, BC, Canada)

  • My Rating: [C+]

Mure Oh! Fortified Blackberry Wine – Merridale Ciderworks Corp., 19.5% ABV, 375 ml., (Cobble Hill, BC, Canada) (*local BC wine)


on the front-left label:

“A delicate blend of our own blackberry brandy and blackberry juice gives this dessert drink a full fruity richness with a deep colour”

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  • Style: (fortified blackberry wine) Dessert Wine
  • Taste: Forward alcohol very tart deep blackberry wine slight smoky alcoholic warmth
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek (?)
  • How much: ~$25 CAD – 375ml., sometime in 2012-2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: 50/50

Visual: (cellared for at least 3 years). Synthetic cork, really stuck in there. Pours

Nose: deep luscious tangy blackberry wine, soft alcoholic background (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: tart berriness, almost immediate alcohol

Mid-palate: more alcohol presence, luscious tangy blackberry wine, slight smokiness, eau-de-vie

Finish: very tart, blackberry wine exhale, moderate throat warmth

Summary: A lot of depth to the blackberry, but with it comes a rather forward alcohol presence. The blackberry flavour itself has the dark berriness but lacks the bright, tangy juiciness you find in the fresh fruit; thus after a glass the taste becomes predictable and overly tart. Too much alcohol, not enough complexity.

Pomme Oh! – Merridale Ciderworks (Cobble Hill, BC, Canada)

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Pomme Oh! Fortified Apple Cider – Merridale Ciderworks Corp., 19.5% ABV, 375 ml., (Cobble Hill, BC, Canada) (*local BC wine)


on the front-left label:

“In the tradition of Normandy and Bretagne, we started fermenting fresh pressed cider apples in French oak barrels. At the precise hour, we add our own cider brandy to stop the fermentation and preserve the natural sweetness. It continues to age until it reaches maturity with an exquisite balance of fruitiness, body and alcohol.

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  • Style: (fortified apple cider) Dessert Wine
  • Taste: Fruity sippable apple woody oak soft tangy subtle alcohol juicy
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $25 CAD (after 10% off) – 375ml., March 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: drinkable but I won’t dream about it

Visual: (cellared for 4 years). Synthetic cork. Pours crystal clear light apple juice yellow.

Nose: oaked woody apple cider with honey apple sweet acidity, very juicy. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: bright fruity apple juice, subdued alcohol bitterness

Mid-palate: tangy sweet acidity, (lvl-3-sweetness), oaked apple honey, eau-de-vie dryness

Finish: mild tongue numbness, residual tangy-juicy, light oaked apple exhale.

Summary: Very juicy and drinkable, although somewhat simplistic watery-bodied mids. It drinks very easily for a 20%’er.

Hoptimized Apple Cider – Merridale Ciderworks (Cobble Hill, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: D

Hoptimized Apple Cider – Merridale Ciderworks , 7.0% ABV – 650ml., (Cobble Hill, BC, Canada)

on the front side label:

“Hoptimized – Look closer, it’s a cider, not a beer! A real, all-natural craft cider that has  been HOPTIMIZED – made with COWICHAN VALLEY APPLES and finished with aromatic ISLAND-GROWN HOPS. A GLUTEN-FREE REFRESHING BEER ALTERNATIVE. We think Hoptimized is the perfect bridge between cider and beer, one that fans of either drink can enjoy anytime!”

  • Style: (hopped) Apple Cider
  • Taste: Dry-tart woody apple cider vinegar
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $11 (after 10% off) – 650ml., October 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: no

Visual: Hopped apple cider; say what?! Sounds interesting, and certainly my first. Pours light golden apple juice yellow with zero head and with just a barely visible layer of micro bubbly ringed retention, several slow streams in the center.

Nose: Sweet-tart-tangy-fruit woody apple juice with some funk. (Smells good) (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: dry tartness incoming acidity

Mid-palate: palate roughness (lvl-0)-sweetness, absolutely dry, vinegar acidic tanginess, (MAIN) woody red apples, yeastiness

Finish: residual acidic sourness, almost salty-hopped fruity apple finish.

Summary: For some odd reason the hoppiness I get from this cider is mixed with saltiness, particularly at the finish. Mixed with it’s bone dry profile, I cannot say I like this. Drinkable, but barely. Stick with Henry Westons Medium Dry Cider (B) if you like your ciders dry.