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Blackthorn Cider

Blackthorn Cider

Cider Profile:

Name:  Blackthron Cider
Sampled December 2017

Brand: Blackthorn
Type:
Apple – Dry
Location of Brewing:
Shepton Mallet, England
ABV:
6.0%
Website Link:
blackthorn.uk.com
Ingredients:
Fermented Apple Juice, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Malic Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Sodium metabisulphite, Sulphites
Gluten Free:
Yes
Sugar Content: 29 g/L

 Size(s) available: 500mL (Can)
Availability:
LCBO and various grocery stores. Select bars
Flavour:
Apple
Colour:  
Rustic orange
Carbonation:
 Small semi-frequent streaming bubbles. Mild foam on head.

 

Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium mature rustic apple.  Sweet and syrupy. Astringency and acidity. 
Initial Taste:
 Mild bite with smooth and acidic single apple flavour. Thick and syrupy. Some presence of tannins from the cider apples. Tangy and malty.
After Taste: Mature and rustic apple flavours appear with some fermentation flavour showing up.  Not overly long-lasting and becomes a bit more sweet. A bit of a beer aftertaste.
On ice: Ice cuts flavour, thickness, tanginess and carbonation. Shortens the aftertaste a bit.  Some additional malty notes appear.

Additional Notes:  A cider that has been around a long time (since 2001), Blackthorn has a lot of characteristics of a typical Somerset cider. A thicker cider, it has a hearty character to it – perfect for pub consumption. Both relatively dry and crisp, it will scratch your itch for an English-style cider quite well.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 3
Sour – 2
Crisp – 3
Dry – 3.5
Fruity – 2.5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Caple Rd Blend #3 Cider
More Sour – Samuel Smith’s Organic Cider
More Dry – County Cider – A Tortured Path
More Crisp – Savanna Dry

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