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Bulwark – Rum Cider

Cider Profile:

Name: Bulwark – Rum Cider
Sampled November 2020

Brand:  Bulwark Ciders (Muwin Estate Wines Ltd.)
Type: Apple – Spirit Based
Location of Brewing: New Ross, Nova Scotia
ABV: 8.5%
Website Link: bulwarkcider.com
Ingredients: N/A
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A 

Size(s) available: 330ml & 500ml (bottles)
Availability: NSLC, Bulwark online and retail stores
Flavour: Rum-infused
Colour: Translucent, golden-yellow
Carbonation: Small, frequently streaming bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Pulpy, juicy apple with some hints of astringency from the rum.
Initial Taste: Light bite from carbonation. Smooth creamy apples with some fresh, juicy dessert apple notes. Mild golden rum notes.
After Taste: When carbonation reduces, rum elements spike dramatically.  Smooth with very little astringency and harshness.  It dissipates and finishes pretty clean.
On ice: Reduced carbonation, more apple.

Additional Notes:  The Rum Cider by Bulwark is a very different rum-infused cider. It does not have the harshness you typically find with a barrel aged rum-infused cider. Its juicy and apple forward, light and pretty clean.  Some mild astringent elements in the aftertaste that show in the back of the throat as the bottle finishes. Golden rum taste that is medium but not dominate.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Shiny – Bootleg Whisky Spiced Cider
More Sour – Planters Ridge – Rummed Cider
More Dry – Loch Mor – Bootlegger (Rum)
More Crisp – Hard Way – Ramboozle

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Hard Way – Ramboozle

Cider Profile:

Name:   Hard Way – Ramboozle w/ Raspberries
First sampled April 2020. Updated August 2020

Brand: Hard Way Cider Co
Type:
Flavoured – Raspberry
Location of Brewing: Bath, ON
ABV:
7%
Website Link:
hardwaycider.com
Ingredients:  
Apples, raspberries, sulphites
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content:  N/A

Size(s) available: 500mL (bottle) + 355mL (cans)
Availability:
Hard Way Cider Retail Store + Online Store
Flavour:
Raspberries and Rum
Colour:
Semi-translucent, deep rose gold
Carbonation:
Small, very frequently streaming



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Medium rum smell and strong tart raspberries
Initial Taste: Light bite from carbonation, medium astringency. Quick tart raspberries with some deep golden rum flavour.  Mild crisp apples. Some oak notes.
After Taste: Raspberries dissipate but rum slighty increases and lingers. Crisp apple notes also increase.
On ice: Carbonation slightly reduced. Rum flavour and astringency reduced. More raspberry focused.

Additional Notes: The raspberry Ramboozle from Hard Way Cider Co. is medium on the rum punch and strong on the tart, crisp raspberry flavours, with apple being a third flavour noticed.  With a golden rum flavour detected, it has a considerable astringency but not too strong to distract. Some oak notes are obvious throughout from the barreling process as well. The sweet and tart raspberry flavours compliment the rum flavours well.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 3
Sour – 3.5
Crisp – 3.5
Dry – 3
Fruity – 4

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – County – Feral Cider
More Sour – 401 Cider – Raspberry Apple
More Dry – Loch Mor Cider – Bootlegger (Rum)
More Crisp – Busl Cider – Haskap

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Loch Mór Cider – Bootlegger (Rum)

Cider Profile:

Name:  Loch Mór Cider – Bootlegger (Rum)
First sampled June 2020. Updated August 2020

Brand: Loch Mór Cider Company 
Type:
Apple – Barrel-Aged
Location of Brewing: Hillier, ON
ABV:
9.4%
Website Link:
lochmorcider.com
Ingredients:  
N/A
Gluten Free:
N/A
Sugar Content: N/ASize(s) available: 500mL (bottle)
Availability:
At Loch Mór Retail and Online Store
Flavour:
Apple + Rum
Colour:
Hazy, golden-rod  yellow
Carbonation:
Small, infrequent bubbles. Less on ice.


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma of golden-rum with some pulpy apple notes.
Initial Taste: Strong bite from astringency and some carbonation. Pungent and bold rum (just like having a shot of rum in it) that has some apple notes.  Some wood-like notes.
After Taste: Rum flavour slowly dissipates but remains present in the back of the mouth.  Pulpy apple becomes more noticeable.
On ice: Drastically reduces flavour and rum-punch.

Additional Notes: Alongside its whisky counterpart, the Bootleg Series by Loch Mór offers a much stronger rum-based offering.  It’s bold, pungent and pops, with a lot of astringency just like a shot. Slightly woody from the barrel-aging, the rum drives the drink from start to finish with some pulpy apple notes along the way.  Smoother on ice if it too much for you.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 2
Sour – 3
Crisp – 2
Dry – 4
Fruity – 2

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Kings Mill – Ontario Mule
More Sour – Hard Way – Ramboozle 
More Dry – West Ave – Bartlett’s Fuller Secret
More Crisp – FieldBird – Fledgings

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