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Windswept – Northern Spy

Windswept – Northern Spy

Cider Profile:

Name: Windswept – Northern Spy
Sampled October 2018

Brand: Windswept Orchard Cider
Type: Apple – Dry
Location of Brewing:
Grey County, ON
Website Link:
Northern Spy Apples
Gluten Free:
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 500 mL (bottle)
Windswept Online Store, Trinity Bellwoods Farmers Market
Murky, hazy, corn yellow
Foamy when poured. Lots of streaming medium sized bubbles.


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong, musty and acidic heritage apples.
Initial Taste:  Light bite, followed by heritage semi-tart and acidic apple.  Earthy and musty.
After Taste: Remains quite smooth. Apple dissipates quickly, but does remain on the pallet. Mild vinegar undertones.
On ice: Almost removes the carbonation. Becomes lighter in nature with less apple.

Additional Notes:  A mature offering, it is not as dry as a Normandy cidre, but has a lot of elements of one.  The  Windswept Northern Spy is full flavour, acidic but not overpowering natural, unfiltered cider.  A slow-sipper, sophisticated offering, so drink in moderation. Don’t mind the sediment at the bottom. A nice addition to their single-varietal family.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Collective Arts – Local Press
More Sour – Dry Maple – Heartwood
More Dry – Southbrook Wild Ferment Cider
More Crisp – KW Craft Cider Dry

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