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Rootstock Ciderworks – Rosé Hard Cider (2017)

Cider Profile:

Name: Rootstock Ciderworks – Rose Hard Cider (2017)
Sampled October 2019

Brand: Rootstock Ciderwork (Celk Distilling) & Leonard Oakes Estate Winery
Type:
Apple – Rosé
Location of Brewing:
Williamson, NY
ABV:
7.9%
Website Link:
rootstockciderworks.com
Ingredients:
Blend of Heritage Cider form Rootstock and Rose wine from Leonard Oakes Estate Winery (Rhode Island Greening and Courland Apples, Blaufrankisch Grapes)
Gluten Free:
Yes
Sugar Content: 1.5% RS

Size(s) available: 750ml (bottle)
Availability:
From Rootstock retail store
Flavour:
Rosé
Colour:  
Deep rose
Carbonation:
Almost still, light bubbles.



Cider Crate Tasting Notes

Smell: Medium aroma. Slightly astringent. Candied berries and floral hints
Initial Taste: Light bite from carbonation. Semi acidic with a dry, tart apple.
After Taste: Becomes even drier and tarter, and rather wine-like in the finish. Berry focused with a light, floral tingle at the end.
On ice: Thinner mouthfeel and reduction in flavour, but still remains more flavourful then most rosé ciders.

Additional Notes:  A heavier than most rosé, the Rootstock Ciderworks’ collaboration with Leonard Oakes Estate Winery’s Blaufrankisch is full bodied and a bit tarter than most rosés we’ve had.  It packs a punch at 7.9%, but tastes like it’s a little higher.  Filled with heritage apples, this makes a lot of sense as many other rose’s we have come across are made with solely dessert apples. High in tannins, it’s more wine-like than many commercially-oriented options.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Angry Orchard – Rosé Cider
More Sour – Graft – Fields and Flowers
More Dry – 
More Crisp – 1911 – Tropical Cider

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1911 – Tropical

Cider Profile:

Name:  1911 – Tropical
Sampled January 2020

Brand: 1911 (Beak and Skiff)
Type:
Flavoured – Tropical Fruits
Location of Brewing:
Lafayette, NY
ABV:
6.5%
Website Link:
1911established.com
Ingredients:
Fresh Pressed Cider, sugar, malic acid, natural hlavours, sulfites to protect freshness, lightly carbonated
Gluten Free:
Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 473mL (can)
Availability:
New York State
Flavour:
Tropical
Colour:  
Sunshine yellow
Carbonation:
Small, infrequently streaming bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Sweet apple, pineapple and a hint of coconut
Initial Taste: Light bite. Sweet and creamy apple with strong elements of pineapple. Clean.
After Taste:  Longer lingering with a strong pineapple finish.  Almost pineapple juice-like at times without the pulpiness.  Slight hint of coconut in the aftertaste.
On ice: Slight reduction of carbonation on ice, rest remains the same.

Additional Notes:  The 1911 Established Tropical is an extra fruity and summery drink.  Very clean apple, with a 4 of 6 sweetness rating on the can, its pineapple first – with smooth, sweet apple second.  Aftertaste lasts a long time, but not filmy.  Unique as it’s hard to get such a clean tasting flavoured cider.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Ace Cider – Pineapple
More Sour – Graft – Fields and Flowers
More Dry – Rootstock – Belgian Cider
More Crisp – 

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Graft – Field and Flowers

Cider Profile:

Name:   Graft – Fields & Flowers
Sampled October 2019

Brand: Graft Cider
Type:
Apple – Sour
Location of Brewing: Newburgh, NY
ABV:
6.9%
Website Link:
graftcidery.com
Ingredients:  
Rose hips, hibiscus, rooibos, sea salt
Gluten Free:  Yes
Sugar Content:  N/A

Size(s) available: 12 oz
Availability:
New York Stores
Flavour:
Rosé
Colour: Cloudy, murky brown/yellow
Carbonation:
Infrequent, small streaming bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Very salty with medium floral notes. Some creamy, sour and semi-sweet apple notes.
Initial Taste: Mild bite from acidity and carbonation. Quickly salty and rough on the tongue. Creamy dessert and heritage apple notes.
After Taste: Saltiness continues and lingers, being slightly brine-like. Rose and general floral flavours come through. Some passion fruit and lime flavours. Ends semi-dry with a film from the salt.
On ice: Reduced carbonation – including bite. Becomes watered down, much less salty.

Additional Notes: Graft’s Gose Rosé cider does not lie about being a salty, funky cider that delivers on the sour and the fruit notes as promised on the can. Full-bodied, it may not be for those who don’t like gose beers and/or margaritas. With a creamy apple base, it has many intricate layers of herbal, floral and fruit flavours. Not your standard infused cider by most definitions.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Somersby – Rosé

More Sour – 
More Dry – Strongbow – Rosé Apple
More Crisp – Angry Orchard – Rosé

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Rootstock – Belgian

Cider Profile:

Name: Rootstock – Belgian
Sampled August 2019

Brand:  Rootstock Ciderworks (CLEK Distilling, LLC)
Type: Apple
Location of Brewing:
Williamson, NY
ABV:
6.1%
Website Link:
rootstockciderworks.com
Ingredients:
NY State Apples, Belgian Yeast, Sulphates
Gluten Free:
Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 355ml Cans or 750ml Bottle
Availability:
Rootstock on-site bottle shop and various other NY State stores
Flavour:
Apple
Colour:  
translucent, sunflower-yellow
Carbonation:
Small bubbles on side of the glass



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Extra sweet dessert apples with hints of banana.
Initial Taste: Light bite from carbonation. Sweet dessert apple present with elements of banana and yeast. Quite creamy.
After Taste: Yeast flavours remain, as apple slightly dissipates, leaving a very banana finish.  Semi-quick finish, with some creaminess/characteristics that  many Trappist beer has.
On ice: Strips all elements down.

Additional Notes:  An extra clean cider, the Rootstock Belgian has many elements of fresh fruit (apple, and banana from the yeast), that make this full flavoured.  You would be hard pressed to find the alcoholic taste, although it is 6.1%.  The take on Belgian beers is present, well balanced with full-bodied apples that make this a great pub-style drink. Trappist-fans unite

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 3
Sour – 2
Crisp – 4
Dry – 3.5
Fruity – 4

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More Sour – 
More Dry – 
More Crisp – 

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