Scenic Road Razz

Review of Scenic Road Cider’s Razz, a raspberry flavored cider.  It is my first time trying anything from this cidery.

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Cider:  Razz
Cidery:  Scnenic Road Cider
Cidery Location:  Kelowna B.C. Canada
ABV:  6.9%
How Supplied:  500ml bottles
Style:  Canadian craft cider from dessert apples, with raspberries added

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Availability:  in Western Canada (see their cider locator here)

Cider Description:  A unique blend of traditional apple varieties from the Okanagan Valley pressed and fermented with Fraser Valley raspberries. This sparkling cider has a distinct well- balanced aroma that leaves a hint of raspberry after each sip.

Cidery Description:  Scenic Road’s orchards have produced eight decades of harvest. Our backyard is home to the apple varieties found in our small-batch, hand crafted ciders. Follow the Scenic Road to our tasting room and savour the taste of the good life!

Price:  $8.17 CAN (~$6.58 USD)
Where Bought:  The Strath in Victoria B.C.
Where Drank:  home
How Found:  Browsing, while we were on a cruise port stop.  This is a gem of a bottle shop near downtown Victoria and the port, with a little bit of everything.

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First Impression:  Light red hue.  Nearly still / very low carbonation.  Smells like real raspberries.

Tasting Notes:  On the sweeter side of semi-dry.  Medium bodied.  Moderate tartness and acidity.  No bitterness, sourness, funk, or tannins.  Notes of fresh/real raspberry and tart green apple.  Moderate length finish.  Low apple flavor and complexity.  Low to moderate flavor intensity.  High sessionability.

My Opinion:  I liked it.  I’m glad this didn’t get the sweet raspberry candy scent/flavor which I’ve commonly found with fruity ciders.  However, this is a rather simple easy-drinking cider, which I think may be better suited for cans (although the price for a 500ml bottle was pretty reasonable).

Most Similar to:  Raven’s Moon Apple Raspberry, which is also a B.C. cider, although that one was significantly more tart and less sessionable (and a bit more complex); I think Scenic Road has the edge over Raven’s Moon for raspberry cider.  All the other raspberry ciders I’ve had have been significantly more sweet.

Closing Notes:  This would be great especially in spring/summer, for folks who want a fruity and flavorful cider without much sweetness.

Have you tried Scenic Road Cider Razz?  What did you think?