Snow Capped Sour Cherry

Review of Snow Capped Sour Cherry.  It is my first time trying this, but I’ve had their 6130′ DryGold Rush, and Colorado Peach.

<This is a review of a sample can provided to Cider Says by Snow Capped.  Although I will take care to treat it the same as any other review, there is always the potential for bias as I received this for free.  The only consideration I knowingly made was pushing this up in my cider review que, considering it is a new release and the info may be helpful for folks deciding to purchase it.  I love free stuff, especially cider!  Want your cider or cider-related product reviewed here?  Contact me.>

Cider:  Sour Cherry
Cidery:  Snow Capped
Cidery Location:  Austin CO
ABV:  6.9%
How Supplied:  12oz cans (and kegs)
Style:  American craft canned cider from granny smith apples & Colorado Montmorency sour cherries

Availability:  in Colorado (check out their cider finder), plus online sales

Cider Description:  Sour cherry shines through this apple – cherry blend, powerful flavor that hangs on the dry side of semi sweet.  Natural blush color, medium structure, tart finish.

Cidery Description:  We craft our ciders using stone fruit, heritage and cider specific apples grown in our 6,130 ft. elevation Colorado orchards.  At the core of our ciders is a long history in fruit growing.  For over a century and five generations our family has respected and developed the land entrusted to us. Today we are one of the largest apple producers in Colorado Growing fruit is both a passion and a privilege.  Through generations we have succeeded in a high elevation environment, this is one of the most labor intensive, riskiest and extreme environments to grow apples, with fewer successful outcomes.

Price:  ~ $10.49 / four cans
Where Bought:  N/A
Where Drank:  home
How Found:  it showed up

First Impression:  Medium pink-red hue. Very low carbonation. Smells mild and fruity.

Tasting Notes:  Semi-dry. Light bodied. Moderate tartness. Moderate to high acidity. No bitterness or tannins. Notes of granny smith apple, non-specific cherry/berry, and a hint of lemon. Moderate length finish with a hint of sourness. Low apple flavor. High sessionability. Moderate cherry/berry flavor and overall flavor intensity.

My Opinion:  I wasn’t as into this one due to the hint of sourness, which I appear to be especially sensitive to. Sourness is characteristic of farmhouse-style or Spanish cider, and is separate from tartness. Most folks probably wouldn’t even notice it in this cider though as it was quite mild.

Most Similar to:  many of the semi-dry cherry ciders I’ve had (see here)

Closing Notes:  Next up I have their Plum Lemongrass, Jalapearno, and 6130′ Dry varieties.

Have you tried Snow Capped Cider?  What did you think?

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