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401 Cider Company – Black Currant

401 Cider Company – Black Currant

Cider Profile:

Name:  401 Brewery Black Currant Cider
Sampled September 2016

Brand: 401 Brewery
Type: Flavoured – Black Currant
Location of Brewing: Colborne, Ontario
ABV: 6%
Website Link:
Ingredients: Fermented apple and cranberry juice, sugar, sulphites, natural flavour, caramel colour, potassium sorbate.
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 341m/L (glass bottles)
Availability: 401 Brewery store and online
Flavour: Black Currant
Colour: Bright red
Carbonation: Medium-level carbonation bubbles and stream


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Mild smell of apples and currants. Slightly acidic smelling.
Initial Taste: Extremely tart and sour. Has a sharp bite and pucker. Strong black currant taste.
After Taste: Remains sour for a long time. Dark berry flavours develop (cranberry, blackberry, raspberry) along with the black currant flavours.
On ice: Same carbonation. Currant flavour isn’t as strong. Not as tart and puckering over ice.

Additional Notes: As this black currant cider is very tart and sour, we recommend drinking it on ice to make the beverage smoother to consume. This cider has one of the longest lingering aftertaste we’ve experienced. It is slightly syrupy in taste and feel, but a lot of the flavour is overpowered by the sour and tart sensations.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 3.5
Sour – 5
Crisp – 2.5
Dry – 2.5
Fruity – 4.5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Ernest Rubee
More Sour –
More Dry – Shiny Pinot Noir
More Crisp – Strongbow Dark Fruits

Links to Other Stories
401 Brewery – Craft Apple
401 Brewery – Peach
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