Review of Scenic Road Cider’s Razz, a raspberry flavored cider. It is my first time trying anything from this cidery.
Cidery: Scnenic Road Cider
Cidery Location: Kelowna B.C. Canada
How Supplied: 500ml bottles
Style: Canadian craft cider from dessert apples, with raspberries added
Availability: in Western Canada (see their cider locator here)
Cider Description: A unique blend of traditional apple varieties from the Okanagan Valley pressed and fermented with Fraser Valley raspberries. This sparkling cider has a distinct well- balanced aroma that leaves a hint of raspberry after each sip.
Cidery Description: Scenic Road’s orchards have produced eight decades of harvest. Our backyard is home to the apple varieties found in our small-batch, hand crafted ciders. Follow the Scenic Road to our tasting room and savour the taste of the good life!
Price: $8.17 CAN (~$6.58 USD)
Where Bought: The Strath in Victoria B.C.
Where Drank: home
How Found: Browsing, while we were on a cruise port stop. This is a gem of a bottle shop near downtown Victoria and the port, with a little bit of everything.
First Impression: Light red hue. Nearly still / very low carbonation. Smells like real raspberries.
Tasting Notes: On the sweeter side of semi-dry. Medium bodied. Moderate tartness and acidity. No bitterness, sourness, funk, or tannins. Notes of fresh/real raspberry and tart green apple. Moderate length finish. Low apple flavor and complexity. Low to moderate flavor intensity. High sessionability.
My Opinion: I liked it. I’m glad this didn’t get the sweet raspberry candy scent/flavor which I’ve commonly found with fruity ciders. However, this is a rather simple easy-drinking cider, which I think may be better suited for cans (although the price for a 500ml bottle was pretty reasonable).
Most Similar to: Raven’s Moon Apple Raspberry, which is also a B.C. cider, although that one was significantly more tart and less sessionable (and a bit more complex); I think Scenic Road has the edge over Raven’s Moon for raspberry cider. All the other raspberry ciders I’ve had have been significantly more sweet.
Closing Notes: This would be great especially in spring/summer, for folks who want a fruity and flavorful cider without much sweetness.
Have you tried Scenic Road Cider Razz? What did you think?