Archibald’s – Hard Cherry


Name:   Archibald’s – Hard Cherry
Sampled September 2021

Brand:  Archibald’s Estate Winery
Type: Flavoured – Cherry
Location of Brewing: Bownmanville, ON
ABV: 7.5%
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Ingredients: N/A
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 750ml (bottle)
Availability: Archibald’s Estate Winery and retail
Flavour: Cherry
Colour:  Transparent rose gold
Carbonation: Small to medium, semi-streaming bubbles


Smell: Medium aroma. Sweet apple with a hint of cherry. Some farm, funky apple notes and acidity.

Initial Taste:  Light bite from carbonation. Mix of semi-tart apple and lightly puckering cherry that quickly dissipates.

After Taste: Becomes sweeter and more candied.  Some dryness like a rosé wine, with a bit of maraschino cherry finish. Some tanginess and thicker mouth feel with a bit of a gritty elements.

On ice: Much thinner and carbonation reduced.

Additional Notes:  Archibald’s Hard Cherry, is not as hard as the name implies.  It has a nice, smooth cherry profile on top of a standard, semi-tart apple base. Still crisp and clean, it’s a medium-sweet offering with a bit of a thinker finish.  A very concentrated cherry flavour – Jolly Rancher energy here.

Rated on a scale of 1-5

Sweet – 3.5
Sour – 3.5
Crisp – 3.5
Dry – 2.5
Fruity – 3.5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet –
More Sour – Slab Town – Legendary Cherry
More Dry – Apple Falls – Cherry Crush (2018)
More Crisp – KW Craft – Wild Cherry

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