Bulwark – Winter

Cider Profile:

Name: Bulwark – Winter
Sampled October 2020

Brand:  Bulwark Ciders (Muwin Estate Wines Ltd.)
Type: Apple – Mulled
Location of Brewing: New Ross, Nova Scotia
ABV: 7.0%
Website Link: bulwarkcider.com
Ingredients: Apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, sulphites
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 330ml + 500ml (bottles)
Availability: Bulwark online and retail stores
Flavour: Mulled
Colour: Translucent, golden-yellow
Carbonation: Mixed, infrequently streaming

Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Fresh apple with red peel, juicy, with notes of spices.
Initial Taste: Medium bite. Strong, smooth and juicy apple blend. Some sweet notes. A lot of red apple peel flavour.
After Taste: As apple dissipates, cinnamon comes though almost as a second wave. Peaks sharply and then reduces giving way to some ginger notes.  Apple finishes tangier and crisper then started.
On ice: Slightly less apple upfront. Spices come quicker but are slightly dulled.

Additional Notes:  The Winter by Bulwark is a “journey” cider.  It starts off extremely juicy with semi-sweet and crisp red peel apple notes followed by a sharp cinnamon that almost consumes the apple and disappears as quick as it started.  Some ginger notes appear as the apple becomes a bit more mellow, less juicy and more hard cider focused. The ginger accentuates the spices and is hard to detect until you think about it. A lot of energy and full-bodied in this offering which could also be served warm. 

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 3.5
Sour – 2.5
Crisp – 4.5
Dry – 2
Fruity – 5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Thornbury – Spiced Apple
More Sour – Lake City – Spice Up Your Life
More Dry – East Street – Harvest Botanical
More Crisp – 

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