Review of Merridale Cyser (made from apple juice and honey). It is my first time trying this, but have previously had their Scrumpy and House Craft Cider.
Cidery Location: Cobble Hill, B.C., Canada
How Supplied: 500ml bottles
Style: Canadian cyser
Availability: mostly in Southwest British Columbia (see here)
Cider Description: A rich blend of aromatic cider apples and local wildflower honey from our own orchard. Inspired by the finest tradition of Medieval England, where the Normans and Celts credited cyser with magical powers. Aged for several months to a year after bottling…Winner of Silver Medal at the North American Beer Awards, and won ‘Best in Show’ at the 2013 Portland International Cider Cup.
Cidery Description: Since 1990, we have been making our unique ciders from heritage varieties of English, French, and German cider apples. These apples have been used in the cider regions of Europe for many hundreds of years. Each of our ciders is a blend of apples aimed at a particular palate. Our orchard has a wide range of bittersharp and bittersweet apples allowing us to create our distinctive family of products. Some, like the House, Merri Berri and Traditional are designed to be enjoyed as a glass or a pint, with or without food. Others, like our Scrumpy and Cyser are rich in history from medieval times of Olde England. As always, our cider is made without artificial flavours or colours and no added sulphites.
In addition to cider, they also run a farm and distillery under the same name.
Price: $9.49 CAN (~$7.55 USD)
Where Bought: Liquor Express in Victoria B.C.
Where Drank: home
How Found: Browsing
First Impression: Dark straw yellow hue. High carbonation. Smells of acidic apples and honey.
Tasting Notes: On the sweeter side of semi-dry. Medium bodied. Low to moderate tartness. Moderate to high acidity. Hints of bitterness and tannins. No sourness or funk. Notes of baked apple, honey & honeycomb, floral, lemon, and butterscotch. Long boozy finish. Moderate apple flavor, honey flavor, flavor intensity, and complexity. Low sessionability.
My Opinion: I really liked it. Great apple and honey flavor with a bit of an extra kick with the high ABV. However, it was a tad harsh due to that higher ABV; I think barrel aging this would have been awesome.
Closing Notes: This was an excellent value. I look forward to trying more from them.
Have you tried Merridale Cyser? What did you think?