Review of The BX Press’ The Bandit, cider with cherry. It is my first time trying anything from this cidery.
Cider: The Bandit, cider with cherry
Cidery: The BX Press
Cidery Location: Vernon B.C. Canada
How Supplied: 500ml bottles
Style: Canadian craft cider from a variety of apples, with cherry
Cider Description: This unique cider with cherry is fermented from over 12 varieties of apples and has natural BC cherry added to it just before bottling. Due to the added cherry, this cider is slightly sweeter than our others, but balanced with the crisp acidity of the apples, and underlying complexity from the cherry. See here for more info.
Cidery Description: We are 3rd-Generation Apple Growers trying something new. Or depending how you look at it – something old. Real Cider – made from apples, has been around for centuries – yet in North America the word cider has been so obscured that most no longer know what to expect. We invite you to try real cider, made from apples. Not watered down, not artificially flavoured. Not sugary sweet or cloying. Our ciders are natural, refreshing, and a true expression of the apples they are made from. They are unpretentious, yet have enough character to be served alongside the finest meal. Did we mention we grow all the apples we use in our ciders – nearly 30 varieties – right on the same orchard the cidery is located? We hope you will come visit our tasting room and experience real cider.
Price: ~ $10 CAN ?
Where Bought: Victoria B.C.
Where Drank: home
How Found: on a cruise port stop (side note – I picked up about 2 cases of cider on that trip in Sept, and I only have 1 or 2 left now)
First Impression: Deep purple hue, reminiscent of red grape wine. Very low carbonation. Smells mild, dry, of cherry.
Tasting Notes: On the drier side of semi-dry. Light bodied. Moderate tartness and acidity. Hints of tannins. No bitterness, sourness, or funk. Notes of cherry with hints of tart green apple and lemon. Moderate length finish. Low apple flavor. Low complexity. Moderate flavor intensity. High sessionability.
My Opinion: I enjoyed it. A tad dry for my tastes, and drier than most other cherry ciders I’ve had, but very fruity, and not too tart.
Most Similar to: although I’ve tried over 30 cherry ciders (see here), this one was unique, as it was drier than average, yet had more cherry flavor than average, a rarely seen combination
Closing Notes: This was one of my favorite B.C. ciders so far, as so many I’ve tried were super dry, tart, and bland. My absolute favorite however is probably Central City Limited Edition Imperial though.
Have you tried BX Press Bandit? What did you think?