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Windswept – Cyser

Windswept – Cyser

Cider Profile:

Name: Windswept – Cyser
Sampled September 2020

Brand:  Windswept Orchard Cider
Type: Apple – Cyser
Location of Brewing: Grey Country, ON
ABV: 7%
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Ingredients: Georgian Bay apples, wild yeast, local wildflower honey, sulphites.
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A 

Size(s) available: 750ml (bottle)
Availability: Via Windswept retail and online stores. Select Farmers Markets
Flavour: Apple & honey
Colour:  Hazy straw yellow
Carbonation: Small, streaming bubbles. Rather foamy upon pour

Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Semi-acidic. Funky with some earthy notes.
Initial Taste: Medium bite from carbonation. Funky and semi-tart apples, with some smooth honey.  Acidic apples with some earthiness. Slightly acetic.
After Taste: Apple notes diminish. Honey remains strong, ends on that. Some herby notes like coriander.
On ice: Carbonation greatly reduced, thinner and crisper.

Additional Notes:  The Cyser (a cider fermented with honey) by Windswept is a wild ferment offering. A heavier but not thick mouthfeel from the honey and some funky notes make the cider standout. Some acidity, slightly acetic elements.  Finishes uniquely herby, its earthy and somewhat wild tasting, but still very room. Its substantive carbonation could appeal to sparkling white wine drinkers. A bright cider with a decent carbonation that elevates the flavours.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 1.5
Sour – 3.5
Crisp – 2
Dry – 4
Fruity –2.5 

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – 401 Cider – Oh Honey 
More Sour – Clafeld – Oh Beehave
More Dry – Duxbury – English Scrumpy
More Crisp –  Ernest – Dry Cider

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