Review of Sea Cider’s Flagship variety. Its the first time I’ve tried this, but I’ve sampled a number of their other varieties (see here).
Cidery: Sea Cider
Cidery Location: Saanichton, British Columbia, Canada
How Supplied: 750ml flip-top bottle
Style: Canadian cider from dessert & heirloom Organic apple varieties, German-style, ultra dry, without sulfites
Availability: semi wide release, at these locations, including in Canada, WA, OR, and CA
Cider Description: This German-style cider is one of few commercial ciders in the world free of added sulphites. Slowly fermented with Champagne yeast, the ultra-dry Flagship has crisp herbaceous notes framed by soft tannins and lively acidity. It features both smoky and herbal aromas and is best paired with risotto, fish and chips, mild cheeses, poultry, and grilled seafood.Certified Organic by PACS 16-259.
We named this cider Flagship because it was the first cider we made and it is as pure as cider gets. Flagship is one of only a handful of ciders in the world free of added sulphites, and was the first fully certified organic cider in North America. It is German in style, meaning very acidic, which is achieved by fermenting high acid apples such as Granny Smiths, Empires and Winter Bananas (all certified organic). A strain of Champagne yeast is used which can tolerate a low pH. Because there are no sulphites to control oxidation and spoilage, the production team must take extra precautions in apple selection and washing, aging and bottling.
Cidery Description: Sea Cider is a farm-based cidery located on the Saanich Peninsula just minutes from Victoria, on Vancouver Island. Our ten acre farm is home to over 1,300 apple trees, made up of over 50 varieties of heritage apples. Sea Cider opened its farm gate for business in 2007 when owner Kristen Jordan purchased the property with a vision of creating an organic farm and orchard and producing traditional fermented artisan ciders. Since then, we’ve grown to an annual cider production of over 7,000 cases and growing. We continue to pride ourselves on crafting traditionally fermented ciders from organically grown apples.
Price: n/a, as it was a gift (retail is $15-$20 however); some friends picked it up for me in B.C. (although it is sold in the U.S.)
Where Bought: n/a
Where Drank: home
How Found: n/a
First Impression: Light amber hue. Moderate carbonation upon pouring. Smells only of apple juice.
Tasting Notes: Semi-dry to dry. Low carbonation. Medium bodied. Moderate tartness and acidity. Low bitterness and tannins. No sourness or funk. Sharp flavor, very apple-forward, with hints of honey, lemon, and herbs. Moderate to long slightly boozy finish. Strong apple flavor. Moderate sessionability. Low to moderate flavor intensity. Low complexity.
My Opinion: I found this to be an enjoyable basic cider selection. While it was simple, I also found it to be sophisticated (which is was very apple forward, it didn’t taste like alcoholic apple juice). It pairs well with food as it won’t overpower.
Most Similar to: I found the sharp flavor of this cider similar to many ciders which use crabapples (although this one doesn’t list crabapples), such as Dragon’s Head Columbia Crab, Blue Moon Cidery Raven’s Moon, and Liberty Ciderworks New World Style.
Closing Notes: Sea Cider hasn’t disappointed me yet. However, my favorite so far is their Prohibition / Rum Runner.
Have you tried Sea Cider Flagship? What did you think?