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Empire Cider – Midnight Run

Empire Cider – Midnight Run

Cider Profile:

Name:  Empire Cider – Midnight Run
Sampled December 2018

Brand: Empire Cider Co.
Type: Apple
Location of Brewing: Codrington, Ontario
ABV: 6%
Website Link: empirecider.ca
Ingredients: Ontario apples, honey
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: UnknownSize(s) available: 650mL bottles
Availability: At retail store and select bars (including Her Fathers Cider Bar).
Flavour: Apple
Colour: cloudy, golden-yellow
Carbonation: a few still bubbles, softly carbonated.  A lot of sediment.
 

Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium-strong, sweet apple smell. Musty and slightly astringent aromas.  Some rum elements.
Initial Taste: Sweet bite. Bitter, musty and earthy notes noticeably build and decrease. Strong apple flavours with lemon hints.  Strong rum presence.
After Taste: Becomes slightly sour and tangy feeling. Finishes with both sweet apple flavours and bitter, astringent fermentation notes.  Dark rum remains in the aftertaste.
On ice: Similar carbonation levels. Ice slightly cuts the bite of the cider, making the cider somewhat more smooth to consume. Becomes sweeter and more astringent tasting.

Additional Notes: Midnight Run is an apologetically craft cider that has a strong traditional apple presence, that isn’t afraid to feature the flavours of the barreling and fermentation process. It is a very smooth cider to consume overall, that is both simple and straightforward to drink; yet complex with many different notes detected on the palate.  Rum is brilliantly showcased, with a balanced levels so not powering but still has a good complexity.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 3.5
Sour – 3
Crisp – 4
Dry – 2.5
Fruity – 3

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