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Red Rover – Spirit of Christmas Future 2017

Red Rover – Spirit of Christmas Future 2017

Cider Profile:

Name: Red Rover – Spirit of Christmas Future 2017
Sampled December 2018

Brand: Red Rover Cider House
Apple – Spirit Infused
Location of Brewing:
Fredericton, NB
Website Link:
Gluten Free:
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 750ml bottle
Red Rover Cider House
Apple and Absinthe
Light, pale yellow
Lots of small streaming bubbles, larger and on glass when on-ice


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Semi-strong aroma. Strong licorice smell.
Initial Taste: Light bite from carbonation. Floral notes with semi-dry and tart apple – quickly followed by a medium intensity black sweet (not salty) licorice.
After Taste: Remains pretty similar. Tart apple lingers longer then the licorice flavours. Some spices become noticeable in the finish. Spices, herbs and a slight saltiness stay in the back of the throat. Semi-dry finish.
On ice: Becomes thinner with less fizz from carbonation. Licorice becomes lighter in intensity.

Additional Notes:  Fans of dry and not overpowering black licorice will be a fan of this absinthe-infused cider creation: Spirit of Christmas Future 2017 by Red Rover. Unique, and promising to have you see the future as if you drank a bottle of absinthe yourself, this specialty cider is semi-light and easy to drink, while having a nice apple base but not being overly apple forward. While its a French absinthe used in the cider, it seems Nordic-inspired in taste from the licorice and spices/herb notes.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 3.5
Sour – 2
Crisp – 3.5
Dry – 3
Fruity – 2.5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Bootleg Whisky Barrel-Aged Cider
More Sour – Planters Ridge – Rummed Cider
More Dry – Revel Cider – Spirit of the Woods
More Crisp – Sid’s Chai Spiced Cider

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