Beershine (5253) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 15, 2009 Goldorak (438) - Montreal, Quebec, - NOV 1, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden Translucent. Alcoholic fumes gives an interesting mix of fusels and Calvados-like aromas. It smells as if it were aged in oak barrels, but I’m pretty sure it isn’t. The first taste is sweet, but then the alcohol takes over and lingers long in the aftertaste. The apple flavor is crisp and earthy. After a few more sips the booze died off slowly and the apple took center stage. I had this cellared for over a year, which didn’t really give it any benefit, and it may have tasted better fresh from my memories at the ciderhouse, but it was quite enjoyable.
Bottle, thanks to Oakes (?and CapFlu?). Dark blonde/light gold. Really sparkly but no fizzy head. Deep apple aroma with a touch of honey too. Dry finish with nice rummy qualities. Really solid and nice. IrishBoy (4254) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 1, 2009
500 ml bottle brought from the cidery by Enniskillen! Nose of light, tart apples and moderate acidity balanced with a hint of sweetness. Clear gold with some quickly dissipating bubbles. Flavor is very crisp and fresh apples, tartness, and a sugary note. Finishes lightly tart. Excellent cider1 Oakes (19426) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 31, 2009
Light gold colour, only lightly sparkly. The aroma leans towards brown sugar and apple but there is also a pleasing crispness as well. Lightly crisp, some fresh apple note. Refreshing. Slightly tart. Simple but tasty. hopscotch (11451) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2009
Bottle… Clear and nearly colorless. No legs. Tart apples; modest sugar. Medium-bodied with a hint of a tingle. Tart, dry flavor. Lengthy, acidic, bone-dry finish. Thanks to Oakes for sharing the bottle!
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2009
Courtesy Oakes. Pours a clear light orange color, wih no head. The flavor was tart apples, and light acidiy. The flavor was pretty sharp and biting, but not cheek puckering sour. The apples were quite apparent, but mixed with the tannins an acidity fomulated a ver pleasing flavor base. Finishes sharp and tickling on the palate. Very easy to drink and quite refreshing. A nce treat! Enniskillen (2061) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 17, 2009
Gold. Aroma is a nice tartness up front, light alcohol, medium sweetness. Taste is sweet and tart, lightly alcoholic, mild dryness. Real good stuff. mgermani (1010) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 28, 2008
Pours a pale luminescent yellow-gold with a light scotch-like fruity aroma. Tastes dry but not boldly so - watery and bland and without an aftertaste to speak of. Balanced and refined with a light apple-juice taste, nearly no carbonation. Bit of a disappointment after the Traditional. Probably just my lack of cider experience, but this one didn’t take any prizes in my books. Judging from what I’ve read here I think I may have got a bit of a dud, given that mine has no carb. I’ll try this again at some point and re-rate. MartinT (10155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 3, 2008
Bright apple fruitiness upfront seems to be imbued by wild sparks as it delves into firm tartness, before a dry finish cleans out the palate...Although it did not throw me into pleasure seizures like Todd’s, I must say I greatly enjoyed this sparkling cider...Merci mon ami!!! CapFlu (5132) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 16, 2008
(500ml bottle) Purchased at the cidery for $12. They said this would be different, so yeah - the old was 7.4% and this is 9.7%; but such an improvement. Whole worlds become clear, the very effervescent body is leaving me viciously gay with glee. I keep staring at the bottle and pulling back memories of the old sister bottle. Nothing. Nothing the same. The plains run wider, the peaks run steeper, the muddled competitors are trailing this marathoner. Very aromatic, fleshy and citrus but the carbonation plays culinary delight on your tongue like a keyboard. 360 degrees and expanding like the universe. Essence of white wine and awaiting iodine. Rich juice pulp strikes with a sharp tartedness and rolls mini-bursts the skinned apple rinds. Spicy. Bold. Sweet. This cider compares to King & Spies in complexity but the alcohol chaser inaugurates a new Canadian matriarch.
No faults here.
Really, its that good...