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Planters Ridge – Rummed Cider

Planters Ridge – Rummed Cider

Cider Profile:

Name:  Planters Ridge – Rummed Cider
Sampled January 2019

Brand:  Planters Ridge
 Flavoured – Rum
Location of Brewing:
Port Williams, NS
Website Link:
Annapolis Valley Apples + Bluenose dark rum (Ironpress distillery)
Gluten Free:
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 500mL (bottle)
Nova Scotia Liqour Stores
Apple and Rum
Dark-rust, semi-dark rum with orange hues
Carbonation: Very frequent small streaming bubbles.


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma of sweet rum with some heritage apples.  Similar to an iced cider in aroma essence.
Initial Taste: Slight bite from acidity. Quickly turns to semi-tart apple and strong golden/dark rum flavours.
After Taste: Becomes more rum-like in nature.  Rum elements strengthen, close to like you just had a shot.  Ends tangy and lingers for a while. Some syrup/thick characteristics.
On ice: Carbonation is reduced. Overall rum flavour and tanginess is reduced.

Additional Notes:  A unique blend, the Planters Ridge Rummed Cider is probably not barrel-aged, but with golden and dark rums directly added – which are very obvious in the taste from start to finish.  A bit more harsh to drink, it is tangy, slightly pungent and powerful.  Apples are obviously a base, but do not overly drive the drink from start to finish.  It may not be a beginner cider due to its thicker consistency and heavy rum flavours/astringency. For many reasons, it reminds us of Calvados in style and taste. Be careful, its 9.5%!

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Bootleg Whisky Barrel Aged Cider
More Sour – Revel – Emergent Property
More Dry – Sea Cider – Rum Runner 
More Crisp – Coasterliner – Maritime to the Core

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