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401 Cider Company – Sparkling Oaked

401 Cider Company – Sparkling Oaked

Apple Drink Profile:

Name:  401 Brewery Sparkling Oaked Cider
Sampled: July 2017

Brand: 401 Cider Brewery
Apple – Dry
Location of Brewing: Colborne, Ontario
ABV: 6.5%
Website Link:
Ingredients: Fermented apple juice, sugar, natural flavour, sulphites, potassium sorbate
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 750mL Bottle
Year-round at retail store and online
Golden yellow
Small, frequent upwards stream of bubbles


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium smell, sweet-apples with must and woody notes.
Initial Taste: Medium bite from carbonation but very crisp and smooth to sip. Musty, earthy and woody flavours quickly noticeable. Some bitter notes.
After Taste: Sweet, pulpy apple flavour develops. Oak and barreling flavours more prevalent that linger for a while. Light, dry finish.
On ice: Slightly less carbonation on ice. Apple flavours remain the same, but there is a stark difference between on and off ice for on ice the musty and oak notes are strongly diminished. Becomes less dry on ice.

Additional Notes: 401 Cider Brewery’s Sparkling Oaked Cider is an interesting cider that features the apple flavours primarily; with strong wood, oak and barrel flavours secondary. It is a clean, dry and crisp beverage that is light, complex and sophisticated. The carbonation adds a ‘luxurious’ feel to the drink – but there is also a still version of this oaked cider available.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 3
Sour – 2.5
Crisp – 4
Dry – 3
Fruity – 3.5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Clafeld Smashed Apple Cider
More Sour – KW Craft Cider
More Dry – Tawse Sparkling Cider
More Crisp – Thornbury Original Cider

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