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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.56/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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Essence is an ice cider or intensified cider. We make it by allowing late harvest juice to freeze partially. As the juice freezes the water is separated out and the remaining juice is concentrated with high brix and intense flavors. Although ice ciders are wildly popular in Quebec and other parts of Canada, the Bureau of Alcohol in this country doesn’t have an ice cider category, yet. Essence is replete with honey, caramel, apricot jam and juicy apples. The 15% residual sugar is balanced by a lively tartness. This ice cider is impressive as dessert itself but can be spectacular paired with sweets such as crust-less Italian cheesecake, crème caramel or homemade cinnamon doughnuts. If you feel like keeping it simple, serve with fresh local Jonagold apples and Stilton drizzled with honey.

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3.7
fiulijn (21274) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 30, 2017

The color is golden with dull hue. Aroma of mature apples, hazelnuts. Sweet, moderate syrupy thickness, but the acidity balances it; flavor of mature and stewed apples, some mulled wine spice, quite rich if not overly complex, with mild astringency in the final.
Very good.

3.7
fiery1 (1666) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 13, 2017
375ml bottle @ Matt's. Pours a clear golden amber colour with no head. Nose is green apple skins with a light amount of brown sugar. Flavour is concentrated apple juice almost syrupy of the green apple variety. As far as ice ciders go, this is rather simple but still enjoyable.

4.2
beerplace (2045) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 13, 2017
375ml bottle at Matt's. Pours a clear golden with no head. Aroma is red rape apples. Same taste with moderate to high level of sweetness and apple acidity. Very nice.

3.8
Ferris (16524) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 13, 2017
Bottle - Light cooked Apple and some peel. Clear gold. Light cooked Apple with some acidity and peel. Decent.

3.6
mcberko (18998) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 13, 2017
375mL bottle, pours a clear golden with no head. Aroma brings out lots of caramel, toffee, green apple, and brown sugar. Flavour is medium sweet, with brown sugar, toffee, caramel and a touch of green apple. Not the most complex ice cider, but it's certainly true to style. Very nice.

3.8
Oakes (18873) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 13, 2017
Golden colour. The nose is baked apples, some spices (the usual nutmeg and cinnamon you get with ice ciders) and of course some sugars. Sweet, sticky, with some acid in the finish. Not bad - not super complex but has all the basic elements of the style.

3.3
ben4321 (6739) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 10, 2017
Sampled at a Farmer’s Market in Ithaca. Fine this very sweet. Well made dessert cider, no flaws detected, but just too sweet for my personal preference.

3.4
Jow (4091) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2016
Bottle brought by me to thanksgiving. Clear caramel colored. Nose is sweet Apple and some honey. Tastes of honey, caramel, vanilla and apple sauce. Not too sweet or boozy

4.1
jredmond (8648) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Bottle brought to Vinny’s January 2013 tasting. Pours a deep, golden amber body with no head or lacing. Aroma is warm, apple pie. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with super sweet notes of apple pie dominating. Straight forward, simple ice cider - with a touch vanilla, apple and that of a lighter cider in the finish.

3.7
PhillyCraft (7939) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Bottle shared by James, poured a clearish golden shade with no head or lace. Note of apple sweetness, really rich and sugary with a cinnamon crust flavor. Also had notes of wood, and toffee as it warmed. Pretty nice cider if you ask me.


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