fiulijn (13000) - Malmö, ITALY - MAR 30, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Corked bottle, 200ml, from Liberty Wine on Granville Island; 40$, easily the most expensive drink so far
vintage 2007, 3 years old
Beautiful dark copper color, still, with long legs on the sides of the glass.
Intense aroma of apples and pears, stewed fruits, light cinnamon; the hint of alcohol adds complexity.
Thick body; very sweet apple and apricot syrup, with notes of caramel and brown sugar, but balanced by a high degree of acidity; seducing alcohol warmth; there are traces of wood that create a very mild astringency on the palate in the finish.
mabel (5183) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[995-20071223] 375mL (w/ GregClow, jerc; Vintage 2006). Mildly tart apple and pear aroma. Clear, orange amber body has no head. Sweet mango apple flavour has a mildly acidic pineapple finish. Sweet medium body. Enjoyable.
GregClow (2797) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with jerc & mabel - their bottle. 2006 vintage. Deep golden with a reddish tinge. Aroma of slightly browned spiced apples, with back notes of pear and honey. Flavour of sweet apple and pear to start, with apple skin notes in the middle, and a surprisingly tart/acidic finish. The booze comes through a bit heavy in the finish as well. Enjoyable in small doses.
jercraigs (7182) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006 Vintage. Bottle from the cidery. Golden yellow body coats the glass just a bit. (3+) Sweet boozy aroma of fresh apples and baked apples, hints of pears. (7+) Tart and tanniny apples lead into the flavour, and notes of apple skins over a sweet foundation. Surpriingly acidic finish is both refreshing and jarring at the same time. Something in the flavour I cannot place that detracts from the overall impression. (7+) Thick medium to full bodied palate is on the syrupy side and sits heavily on the tongue. (3+) A large sample is a struggle to finish, a large bottle is definitely something you need to share or spread over a long period of time. Very nice, but not... something. 7/3/7/3+/16
CapFlu (4245) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 31, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(375ml bottle) Purchased at Spinnakers Spirits Merchant in Vic West for $38. Pours a deep golden with reddish hues. Appears to be sugar sediment at the bottom? Nose of spiced apple, iodine and honey. Very potent alcohol aroma. Flavour is incredibly sweet and robust, good alcohol through the mid-palate and a lasting bitter syrup elixir to the finish. Very enjoyable!
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 22, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden, still. The aroma is of lightly spiced apple crisp. Rich, spicy, luxurious flavours...apples and wood and brown sugar, with late alcohol to dry out the finish just slightly. So rich, as it should be.