Cidrerie Milton CID Original Cider

Review of Cidrerie Milton’s CID Original Cider.  It is my first time trying anything from this cidery.

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Cider:  CID Original Cider
Cidery:  Cidrerie Milton
Cidery Location:  Quebec Canda
ABV:  4.5%
How Supplied:  four pack of 355ml bottles
Style:  Canadian cider from heirloom apples

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Availability:  unknown

Cider Description (translated):   Developed from Mcintosh and Spartan apples, our Cid Original is the essential cider to keep the doctor away! Gerald the moose, the biggest animal in the province, must consume 30 bottles of original cid per day to satisfy his needs!  Refreshing.  Light.  Fresh apples.  Perfect balance of acidity and sweetness.

Price:  ~$4 / bottle?
Where Bought:  The Jug Shop in San Francisco CA
Where Drank:  home
How Found:  browsing – this was a random selection as I couldn’t read the bottle (I assume its in French), but I thought I might as well give it a try

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First Impression:  Light straw yellow hue.  Very low carbonation.  Smells very mild, of sweet apple.

Tasting Notes:  On the sweeter side of semi-dry.  Light to medium bodied.  Low tartness and acidity.  No sourness, bitterness, tannins, or funk.  Notes of non-specific apple with some pineapple and lemon.  Quick finish.  Low apple flavor, complexity, and apple flavor.  High sessionability.

My Opinion:  I enjoyed it.  I had been expecting something more commercial tasting, but this was quite nice, with some light flavor.

Most Similar to:  a more refined and light version of Woodchuck 802 Collection ‘Lil Dry

Closing Notes:  I think this may be the first regular Quebec cider I’ve tried (although I think I had some ice cider from there).  Also, their website shows updated bottle labels, so who knows how old this bottle is.

Have you tried Canadian cider?  What did you think?

Dublin’s Pub Irish Cider

Review of Dublin’s Pub Irish Cider, an Irish pub-style cider made in Quebec Canada. Dublin’s Pub also makes Black Velvet and Irish Red cider varieties.

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Cider: Irish Cider
  Dublin’s Pub
Cidery Location:  Quebec Montreal Canada
ABV:  5.0%
How Supplied:  Four pack of 12oz clear glass bottles (although I got a single, despite it saying not for individual retail sale on the bottle lol); kegs

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Availability:  Unknown, but at least Montreal and parts of the U.S.

Cider Description:  The sensorial profile of Dublin’s Pub resembles that of beer, without the bitterness. Thus, the selection of the apple varieties and the wine-making techniques used produce a fairly neutral cider with a round, fresh flavour,without the sharp acidity typical of conventional ciders.

Cidery Description:  From the Middle Ages to the present day, cider has been Ireland’s most popular beverage. Dublin’s Pub is an apple cider made in the purest Irish pub tradition.  Alcoholic and refreshing, Dublin’s Pub’s unique taste is the result of a process involving the crushing of rigorously selected apples and the fermentation of their juice.  Dublin’s Pub can be enjoyed on any number of occasions, such as pub outings or gatherings among friends, and makes a superb accompaniment to a variety of dishes. What’s more, it’s the only cider that brings out the Irishman in you!

Price:  ~$2 for a single bottle?  It was a while ago…
Where Bought:  Special Brews in Lynnwood WA
Where Drank:  home
How Found:  Browsing.  My husband picked it up and I didn’t look too closely before buying…I thought it was actually from Ireland.  There are definitely some drawbacks to having a combination bottle shop & bar; I always come home with more cider than I was expecting to buy.  When I got home I read the bottle and was disappointed to find out this “Irish” cider is actually made in Canada.  Then I had a cider buddy say they thought this cider was pretty bad.  So, it wasn’t at the top of my list to try and has been sitting in the cabinet for awhile.

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First Impression:  Pale straw yellow.  Moderate carbonation (large bubbles).  Basic apple juice scent.

Opinion:  On the drier side of semi-sweet.  Very back sweetened (not so much that it was very sweet, but it was very juice-like).  This is when they add un-fermented juice back in after fermentation, often to bring the alcohol level down to a target as much as to actually sweeten the cider.  Crisp & refreshing but a bit boring and one-dimensional.  Moderate acidity.  Very light tartness.  No bitterness, astringency, tannins, or sourness.  Light bodied.  This cider actually tasted better out of the bottle, which I’ve noticed with some commercial ciders (made it seem not as juice-like and retained more carbonation).  This is a type of cider which should be served very cold.  I was glad I ended the night with this cider, vs. starting it.

Most Similar to:  Possman Pure Cider and Crispin Original.  However, I actually enjoy the Crispin as it has a bit more complexity (tartness) and some tropical notes.

Closing Notes:   I consider this to be an average commercial cider (although its possible its in the craft category…it just doesn’t taste like it).  I’d prefer this to Angry Orchard Crisp Apple and Strongbow Gold Apple for example (mostly as it isn’t crazy sweet & syrupy), but there are many other commercial ciders I’d prefer, such as many Woodchuck varieties, Ace Joker, and Crispin Original & Browns Lane.

Have you tried Dublin’s Pub?  What did you think?