Left Field Little Dry

Review of Left Field Cider Company’s Little Dry.  I picked this up in Victoria B.C., a stop on our Alaska cruise.  Its the first time I’ve tried their cider.

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Cider:  Little Dry
Cidery:  Left Field Cider Company
Cidery Location:  Logan Lake, British Columbia, Canada
ABV:  6.5%
How Supplied:  500ml bottles
Style:  Canadian dry craft cider

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Availability:  Only in British Columbia and Alberta Canada; see Left Field’s list

Cider Description:  Light and refreshing with a slight effervescence, our Little Dry is blended to highlight the natural characteristics of the crisp, fresh apples from which it was made.

They also have a drier flagship cider, Big Dry, but it sounds quite different, not just a drier version of Little Dry.

Cidery Description:  Family-owned and operated by sisters Theresa and Kate, Left Field focuses on a small batch approach to traditional cider-making which brings out the natural characteristics of the apples. We make handcrafted, artisanal English-style cider by blending English and French cider varieties with BC dessert apples.

They started in 2012 and have a tasting room in Logan Lake B.C.

Price:  $9.00 CAN (~$5.85 USD)
Where Bought:  The Strath in Victoria B.C.
Where Drank:  home
How Found:  Browsing.  Their ciders have been recommended online to me a few times.

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First Impression:  Pale straw yellow hue.  Nearly still.  Smells of citrus, white blossom, mineral, green apple, floral, and slight sourness & funk.

Tasting Notes:  Dry to semi-dry.  Medium to full bodied (much more than I’d expect from a drier cider, almost syrupy).  Moderate carbonation.  Moderate tartness.  Moderate to high acidity.  Mild bitterness.  Hints of sourness, funk, and tannins.  Notes of citrus, white blossom, mineral, green apple, floral, pineapple, and honey.  Quick finish.  Mild to moderate apple flavor.  Moderate sessionability.

My Opinion:  I enjoyed this cider.  It had a nice subtle wine-like complexity.

Most Similar to:  Stem Ciders Le Chene, Original Sin Extra Dry, and Boonville Bite Hard

Closing Notes:   I’m glad I got to try this.  I wish I would have picked up their Big Dry, as although its drier (which I don’t usually prefer), the description mentions bittersweet apples and tannins, which I love.

Have you tried Left Field ciders?  What did you think?

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