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North Cider – Wild

North Cider – Wild

Cider Profile:

Name:   North Cider – Wild
Sampled February 2020

Brand: Kew Vineyards
Apple – Dry
Location of Brewing: Beamsville, ON
Website Link:
Red Prince, Ida Red, Courtland
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 750mL (bottles)
Kew Vineyards retail store + online store + LCBO (2020)
Light, slightly cloudy yellow
Small size, frequently streaming bubbles

Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Semi sweet with some musty and astringent notes.
Initial Taste: Light bite from acidity and some carbonation. Light carbonation taste notes with some semi-sweet apples.  Slightly musty.
After Taste: Apple taste reduces quickly, what lingers are more fermentation elements than fruit flavours.  Semi-dank and aged. Almost has some black pepper notes.
On ice: Carbonation almost completely cut, same with apple taste.

Additional Notes: North Cider’s Wild is a mild offering, with a bit of dank and cellared taste. This Normandy-inspired cider however doesn’t quite have the kick nor mouthfeel normally found in the French style.  If you’re looking for a strong “apple” flavour, this is not for you (especially on ice, almost all apple and carbonation is removed).  Could pair well with a meal.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 2
Sour – 2.5
Crisp – 3
Dry – 3
Fruity – 1.5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Tawse – Cider
More Sour – Kings Mill – Scrumpy
More Dry – Fieldbird – Northern Spy 2017
More Crisp – Lowrey Bros – Apple Cider

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