Archibald – Hard Currant Cider

Cider Profile:

Name: Archibald’s Hard Currant Sparkling Cider
Sampled April 2018

Brand: Archibald’s Estate Winery
Flavoured – Currant
Location of Brewing:
Bowmanville, ON
Website Link:
Gluten Free:
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 750mL (bottle)
Retail store + online
Apple + Currant
Deep ruby-red with a rust sheen
Small frequently streaming bubbles


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma of fresh currant juice. Some mustiness and earthiness
Initial Taste: Mild sensation from acidity. Quickly tangy. Strong currant flavour that is juicy in nature.
After Taste: Currant flavour remains strong but becomes more dry. Sour apples make a short appearance. Finishes dry but with some juicy elements remaining.
On ice: Flavour remains the same but on ice it is less dry (less wine like) and tangy – with it becoming even more juicy in feel and taste.

Additional Notes: Archibald’s Hard Currant Cider is a boldly flavoured drink, starting more as an acidic and tangy juice; while finishing more like a dry wine. A very fruit-forward cider, it delivers on a strong and pure currant flavour – with mild apple flavours appearing. The currants make the drink a unique tart-dry finish. You can tell it’s from a fruit winery as opposed to a more traditional white grape winery as it is very fruity in composure.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 3.5
Sour – 3
Crisp – 2
Dry – 4
Fruity – 4.5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – 401 Cidery – Black Currant
More Sour – Clafeld – Framboise Raspberry Cider
More Dry – Blueberry Hill Estates – The Fighter Cider
More Crisp – Ernest Rubee Cider

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