Ruby Rose – Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse (Saanichton, BC, Canada)

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Ruby Rose – Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse, 9.9% ABV, 750ml., (Saanichton, BC, Canada)

on the front-left label:

“A captivating semi-sweet cider infused with rhubarb, Ruby Rose is a beguiling vixen and part of our Canadian Invasion Series. She may be as aromatic as rhubarb pie, but her namesake is the merciless Rosa Rugosa, an invasive plant that threatens many coastal regions. Proceeds from our Canadian Invasion Series support efforts to combat invasive species in sensitive ecological areas.”

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  • Style: (rhubarb) flavoured apple cider
  • Taste: Flat fruity berry alcoholic apple dense sugar
  • Where I got it : Crosstown Liquor (Vancouver)
  • How much: $20 – 750ml., August 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: not for those averse to sweet ciders

Visual: Pours pale pinkish-orange with virtually no head, barely any activity, a few bubbles on the surface. Not much visual appeal.

Nose: woody tangy apple wine, some prickly acidity. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: crisp-flat CO2,

Mid-palate: cloying sugars -> (lvl-7)-sweetness, mild alcohol bitterness, medium tangy-sour, (MAIN) apple wine, dense apple sugars, strawberry & nondescript fieldberry.

Finish: apple peel/rhubarb exhale, sugary flat mouthfeel finish.

Summary: Okay flavour but nothing punchy or memorable; That coupled with the lack of textural mouthfeel makes this one just average. It’s okay with a meal.

Rumrunner ’08 – Sea Cider Farm (Saanichton, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: B-

Rumrunner ’08 – Sea Cider Farm, 12.0% ABV – 750ml, (Saanichton, BC, Canada)

from the seacider.ca website:

“Rumrunner is crafted with home-grown heritage apples including Winter Bananas and Winesaps. The apples were hand pressed using our traditional rack and cloth press, slowly fermented with Champagne yeast then aged in rum barrels. Notes of brown sugar and spice give complexity to this semi-dry sparkling cider.@

on the back label:

“The secret to Rumrunner lies in the barrel. Rich, full-bodied and intriguing. Newfoundland Screech barrels were the inspiration for this semi-dry sparkling cider, which opens up to reveal complex notes of brown sugar, rum and vanilla.”

  • Style: (Rum) Barrel-Aged Apple Cider
  • Taste Profile: vinegar sourness/fizzy -> semi-sweet/tangy green apple -> woody/off-dry/rum/cinnamon/tart/light warm finish.
  • Where I got it : Legacy
  • How much: $17 (after 10% off), June 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: perhaps as a batched cocktail
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: yes

Visual: pours almost clear rich copper golden brown with practically no head nor any retention and a few countable slow streams.

Nose: Pressed unfiltered tangy/sour woody apple juice with a bit of brown sugar.

Attack: strong acidic vinegar-sourness, light fizziness

Mid-palate: 5/10-sweetness, tangy sour green apples, barnyard

Finish: barnyard, woody exhale, partially dry, oaked rum, cinnamon/vanilla, medium tartness, light-med warmth

As you may or may not know I’m a big fan of barrel-aging. IMO the process adds depth while rounding out flavours and softening alcohol harshness. Case in point – this cider has gained another dimension of flavour while still retaining the underlying properties of a cider.