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Cider Tasting Guide

Fine, heritage cider is a wild and wonderful world - full of nuance and complexity. Just getting started? We've created a handy guide to understanding cider. Take a tour and get ready to explore!

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Tasting Notes

Just like with wine, the flavor possibilities in a heritage cider are endless. Was that a hint of peach, maybe pineapple? Or something more citrusy, like a grapefruit? Could that have been fennel, or maybe pepper? Was it almost earthy... could it even have a note of smoke? Sip and see.

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Cinnamon

Cinnamon

Sweet and savory spice. Often found in pies.

Dill

Dill

A green herb with mild warm aroma. Softly sweet.

Fennel

Fennel

A bulbous vegetable with a fresh licorice flavor. Slightly bittersweet.

Lavender

Lavender

A flowering herb with a strong floral, almost piney, aroma.

Peppercorn

Peppercorn

This note captures a warm yet dry spiciness.

Savory Herbs

Savory Herbs

A range of aromatic and rich culinary herbs you might use in cooking - like thyme, rosemary and basil.

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Clementine

Clementine

Intensely sweet citrus flavor. Originally bred from an orange and a tangerine, it has a juicy fruit flavor matched with zing.

Grapefruit

Grapefruit

Sophisticated bright citrus flavor balanced by a hint of zesty bitterness.

Lemon

Lemon

The iconic citrus. Look for a bright blend of sour and slightly sweet flavors.

Orange

Orange

Sweet citrus flavor balanced by a touch of sour and zing.

Zest

Zest

Scraped from the rind of any citrus fruit, zest evokes bright fresh zing and  bitterness.

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Barnyard

Barnyard

Captures a range of funky flavors. So named because it evokes the earthy, savory aromas found in around barn. Often the result of a wild fermentation.

Brioche

Brioche

As delicious as the bread itself. Butter, creamy flavors sometimes piqued by pastry sweetness. Often the result of aging a cider "sur lie", or with the dead yeast used up in fermentation.

Grassy

Grassy

A fresh, vegetal note. It could range from freshly-mown grass to a wet leafy aroma.

Mineral

Mineral

Evokes the aroma of wet slate after it rains. Or the dry briny taste of some oysters on the half shell.

Mushroom

Mushroom

A wet, rich  earthy note that can evoke a forest floor.

Oak

Oak

This note is often created by aging in oak barrels. The oak can impart a woody flavor imbued with hints of vanilla, butter, toffee and caramel.

Smoke

Smoke

Aromas may evoke tobacco smoke, an outdoor fire, or roasted, toasted wood.

Woody

Woody

Evokes the aroma of chopped wood or virgin forests. Ranges from a dry, roasted log to rich, mossy notes.

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Floral

Floral

Captures a range of aromas - from roses to violets to jasmine. You may not taste the flower, but the scent will enhance the experience of your sip.

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Apple Peel

Apple Peel

Imagine the crisp, greenish taste of an apple's skin. An un-sweet apple note that captures the fruit but has a clean, tart and sharp edge.

Berry

Berry

A wide range of bright, tart and sweet flavors and aromas. From juicy red strawberries and raspberries to tart cranberries and sweet blueberries.

Culinary Apple

Culinary Apple

The essence of traditional apples, used in cooking or snacking. Juicy, sweet and crisp.

Melon

Melon

Imagine a honeydew melon - light, fresh, a little green and subtly sweet. Or a watermelon, with a little more fruit sweetness.

Pear

Pear

Deeply fragrant and sweet fruit, that tastes mild and sometimes grainy. Pears are part of the pome fruit family - like apples.

Stone Fruit

Stone Fruit

Evokes flavors of sun-ripened peaches, nectarines and plums. Lush, fruit forward aromas.

Tropical Fruit

Tropical Fruit

Sweet, ripe, rich exotic fruit notes that might taste like pineapples, mangoes, passionfruit or starfruit.

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Applesauce

Applesauce

Think of warm, baked or stewed apples. Comforting, rich apple flavor -sometimes with a hint of spice.

Brown Sugar

Brown Sugar

Rich warm sweetness with deeper flavors, with notes of toffee or caramel.

Caramel

Caramel

A velvety, rich sweetness infused with flavors of vanilla and butter.

Crystallized Sugar

Crystallized Sugar

Think of white granulated sugar or the pure sweet and clean intensity of rock candy.

Honey

Honey

Intensely sweet nectar flavors, often with notes of fresh clover, wildflowers or earthiness - or perhaps beeswax.

Syrup

Syrup

Intensely sweet flavor with notes of butter and mild smokiness or nuttiness. Imagine the deep golden drizzle on pancakes.

Vanilla

Vanilla

A complex, fragrant note with a mild sweetness. Often associated with spices and butter or ice cream.

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Tannins

Tannins

Most easily described as the sensation that a teabag creates on the tongue. On their own, tannins are described as bitter and drying. But in cider, they are a critical element to create structure and complexity.

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Tart

Tart

Not the same thing as sour. This quality reflects a high level of acidity that creates an immediate mouth watering sensation. Not specific to any one flavor.

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