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Cidery Location: Brittany France
How Supplied: 330ml bottles
Style: Breton French Demi-Sec (sweet) perry (100% pear) with ginger
Availability: limited, imported by French Cider Inc.
Cider Description (translated): A hint of temptation. A crystalline dress, a nose with tonic accents of Ginger. A fruity attack, delicate to finish on a spicy lemon note. Ginger bursts to the pear for a striking union. Ideal as an aperitif, it will accompany fish and shellfish, pasta cheese parsley, and of course chocolate.
Cidery Description: Created in 2012, Kystin offers a range of original and very unique gourmet ciders, made of unusual ingredients such as chestnuts, pears and ginger. With a history dating back to the 14th century, Kystin ciders combine fruit, tradition and authenticity to create an unforgetabble taste. The brand recently released “Kalysie” – a pear ginger cider named as a tribute to the Khaleesi character from popular TV series Game of Thrones.
Price: n/a (retails for $7.49 / bottle)
Where Bought: n/a
Where Drank: home
How Found: through French Cider Inc.
First Impression: Light straw yellow hue. Low carbonation. Smells mild, of candied ginger with a hint of pear.
Tasting Notes: Semi-sweet to semi-dry. Light to medium bodied. Low tartness. Moderate acidity. No bitterness, sourness, funk, or tannins. Notes of pear & pear juice, pineapple, and ginger. Moderate length finish. Moderate pear flavor. Low ginger flavor. Low to moderate flavor intensity and complexity. High sessionability.
My Opinion: Great! I don’t usually like ginger, but it was quite mild, and the bit of ginger bite added to the overall flavor profile, to help balance the sweetness of the perry. The ginger was stronger in the scent than the taste. Nice pear flavor and not too sweet. However, there wasn’t anything about this perry that seemed French-like; I would have guessed this was a U.S. perry. Nothing wrong with that though. This would be a nice selection for brunch or lunch, at only 2% ABV.
Most Similar to: A more refined/craft version of Woodchuck Tank Series Pear Ginger
Closing Notes: This is the third of three Kystin varieties currently available in the U.S. (also see my reviews of their Opalyne and Cuvée XVII). Its interesting to see European cideries release flavored ciders/perries, similar to the U.S., when they have all the ideal apple and pear varieties for cider and perry making and such a long history of doing so. However, I can see new products increasing sales and expanding their target market. Some other flavored European ciders I’ve tried are Ramborn Cascade Hopped Cider and Lefevre Winter Cidre.
Have you tried French perry? What did you think?