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8 Wired Dry Oaked Sparkling Cider

8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Zeffer Brewing Company

Style: Cider
Blenheim, New Zealand


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A tart, dry and oaky cider. Made from new Zealand grown Sturmer Pippin and traditional cider apples. After pressing the fruit on the Zeffer farmhouse, the juice was fermented with wild yeast. To naturally mellow the acids we then let it undertake a 3 month malolactic ferment in oak. Voila! Cider as (we think) it should be. Dry and not back sweetened. Special thanks to Zeffer Brewing Co. for lending us their machinery, brains and manpower. Cheers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Inbreak (2490) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JAN 15, 2015
14.01.2015, 0,75l bottle sampled @ BBGTC tasting:
Tiny shortlasting head, completely clear and very light color. Aroma is slightly dry fruity, yellow apples, hay, apple skin, grass, oak. Taste is dry, apple skin, hay, sour apples, grass, oak. Medium bitterness, dry mouthfeel. Fair enough.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ej (850) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - JAN 14, 2015
Bottle shared with bbgtc. Pours a crystal clear pale golden with a white, fluffy head. Aroma of ripe apples and a slight acidic note. Taste is dry apples, slightly acidic. Light body fizzy on the palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClubGonzo (4374) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 14, 2015
Bottle, shared with BBGTC. Pours a clear pale yellow body with no head to speak of. Nose is vanilla, oak, butterscotch, yellow apples, hints of apple cores and green apple juice. Taste is dry wooden apple peel tones, apple cores, green apple juice, yellow apple peel and hints of vanilla and straw. Light body, medium carbonation. Pretty nice and smooth; dry yet not sour as some ciders tend ot be in this territory. Sort of Champagne-ish, in a way. Not bad, but not amazing either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pinball (11000) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 9, 2015
being a bit of a sucker for spanish ciders, i was looking forward to trying one all the way from nz.. clear pale yellow, small white head. Aroma of apple and oak, quite civilized, no obvious sourness or the like. however, there is a mild hint of horse blanket which suits the cider very well. Flavor is very dry, resembling the better english ciders, with notes of apple, quite a lot of wood, and lots of apple peel bitterness. in general the flavor is mild, and the cider appears rounded and mellow. Not entirely my favourite kind of cider, but certanly well done. resembles english cider.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zita (5078) - Assentoft, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2014
apple aroma,pale, clear, white foam, light sweetness, lightly sour, medium body, sour nice apple finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hansen (7081) - Assentoft, DENMARK - OCT 29, 2014
Nice cider, yellow coloured and clear. Has a white head, diminishing. Yeasty aroma, champagne-notes. Faint apples, mix of green apples and ripe apples.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
laiti (6258) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 25, 2014
75 cl bottle @ home
Aroma is somewhat acidic with white wine. Flavour has green apples, white wine, apple peel and acidic tones. Alcohol is well hidden. Too much white wine for my liking, could not locate the oak here. A disappointment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (11303) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2014
Bottle, bought @Kihoskh, Cph. Pours clear golden with a small, fizzy, white head. Aroma has sweet apples, light zest, mild dryness. Medium carbonation, fine dry and light oily mouthfeel. Flavour has good, fresh apples, oak dryness, fine zest. Elegant and flavourful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hnui999 (15) - SINGAPORE - JUN 11, 2014
Beautiful cider! Pours a clear pale, with a fast fading head. The aroma is funky, tart and lots of apples. The taste is surprisingly light, and very vinous. Can replace a light white wine any day!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Yorker (1427) - Herning, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2014
75 cl bottle @ home. Pours clear yellow with a white head that leaves very little lacing. Aroma and flavour are vinous, apples, oak, and tartness – with a slightly dry finish.

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