A visit to Farmgate about 45 minutes north of Ottawa resulted in a nice walk though the orchard and peak into the process of making cider:
Name: Spirit Tree – Sparkling Pear Cider
Sampled November 2018
|Brand: Spirit Tree
Location of Brewing: Caledon, ON
Website Link: spirittreecider.com
Ingredients: Carbonated Pear Juice, malic acid, ascorbic acid, potassium sorbate.
Gluten Free: yes
Sugar Content: UnknownSize(s) available: 750ml, 355ml Glass Bottle
Availability: Spirit Tree Estate, various country stores
Colour: light-translucent yellow
Carbonation: Lots of big bubbles on the side of the glass.
Smell: Medium, extra sweet ripe Bartlett pear, some elements of spices
Initial Taste: light bite from carbonation, followed by sweet juicy Bartlett pear. Clear and crisp with a bit of tanginess.
After Taste: becomes almost sweeter in the aftertaste with a light film of pear. Quite long-lingering, with some smokey elements.
On ice: Carbonation is cut, little less sweet pear.
Additional Notes: A very pear forward sweet offering, the non-alcoholic version from Spirit Tree is crisp and clean with a bit of smokiness. Easy to drink but a bit sugary with some tanginess. Stays with you for quite a while. Sweeter then their alcoholic Perry.
Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 4
Sour – 1.5
Crisp – 3.5
Dry – 2.5
Fruity – 4.5
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