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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%
Website Link:
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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Rosewood – Legacy Cyser (2017)

Cider Profile:

Name: Rosewood Estate Winery – Legacy Cyser (2017)
Sampled March 2020

Brand:  Rosewood Estate Winery
Cyser (Mead)
Location of Brewing:
Beamsville, ON
Website Link:
Gluten Free:
Sugar Content: 48 g/L

Size(s) available: 500ml (bottle)
Rosewood Estate Retail Store + Online Store
Apple and Honey
Sunshine Yellow
Few visible still bubbles on the side of the glass

Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Mild aroma. Honey and apple notes. Sweet overall.
Initial Taste: Minimal bite from astringency. Strong pungent honey and sweet apples notes.
After Taste: Extra smooth, flavour lasts a pretty long time. More crisp, fresh apple flavours becomes present.  Some filmy notes to finish.
On ice: Less astringency and more smooth/less sharp.

Additional Notes:  The Legacy Cyser by Rosewood is very unique.  It has a strong kick from the honey and wine elements/astringency initially, but becomes extra smooth quickly into the aftertaste. It’s sweet but not sugary, with some creamy and crisp apple elements. It lingers a long-time and is a very unique offering compared to other wine/cider hybrids. This apple mead cyser is well worth a bottle as we cannot recall seeing anything like this elsewhere in Ontario.

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

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

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