Review of Fraser Valley Cider Co’s Honey. It is my first time trying anything from this cidery.
Cidery: Fraser Valley Cider Co.
Cidery Location: Langley, British Columbia, Canada
How Supplied: 750ml bottles
Style: Canadian craft cider with honey
Availability: probably only in British Columbia (see here)
Cider Description: Our honey cider balances fruity apple aromas with the slightly spicy notes of wildflower honey from our farm hives. Our bees have done the hard work so you don’t have to – relax and enjoy.
Cidery Description: After a 20 year career in engineering I was looking for a new challenge. While mulling over a few ideas I took a course on cider making to improve my home cider skills and thought ….hey wait a minute! And so a project was born. We found our 12 acre farm in January 2014, picked out the site of our future cidery and made an offer. In 2015 we built the cidery and with the help of friends we planted an orchard of 1800 trees. With over 25 different varieties of english and french cider apples our aim is to grow the types of apples that make the highest quality cider. Now we’re in our third season of operation and what a journey! We’ve poured a lot of cider, had some fabulous parties in the tent and made lots of new friends along the way. Each year we increase production (and still can’t keep up!) and this year we pressed the first fruit from our own orchard for a special estate blend cider. The days are long but we’re living our dream and we wouldn’t want to be anywhere else!
Price: ~ $16 CAN
Where Bought: Victoria B.C.
Where Drank: home
How Found: during a cruise port stop
First Impression: Hazy yellow hue. Smells mild, of honey. Low carbonation.
Tasting Notes: On the drier side of semi-sweet. Light to medium bodied. Low tartness and acidity. No bitterness, tannins, or funk. Notes of honey, sweet lemonade, and green apple. Moderate finish length with a hint of sourness. Low apple flavor. Moderate flavor intensity. Low to moderate complexity. High sessionability.
My Opinion: I really enjoyed this. Nice flavor and mid-level sweetness. So many of the other B.C. ciders I’ve tried have been rather dry, tart, and bland.
Most Similar to: Sea Cider Birds & Bees, except lower ABV
Closing Notes: I hope to find more ciders from this cidery next time I’m in B.C.
Have you tried Fraser Valley Honey? What did you think?