Cold Creek – All Hallows’ Eve

Cider Profile:

Name: Cold Creek – All Hallows’ Eve
Sampled October 2021

Brand: Cold Creek Vineyards
Type: Apple – Spirit Barrel Aged
Location of Brewing: Hillier, ON
ABV: 10.6%
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Ingredients: Empire apples
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 750ml (bottle)
Availability: Limited Fall 2021 via Cold Creek Retail store
Flavour: Bourbon
Colour:  Translucent rustic orange
Carbonation: Appears still

Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Heavy bourbon with some astringent notes and creamy apples
Initial Taste: Light bite from carbonation. Light, smoky bourbon paired with tannic, semi-dry empire apples that are delicate and semi-smooth. 
After Taste: All flavours build a little as the carbonation is reduced, remaining a long time with a lot of apple and bourbon definition. Slightly wine-like at the end.
On ice: Less smooth, more spirit focused. More harshness/astringency. Apple notes watered down.

Additional Notes:  The All Hallows’ Eve by Cold Creek Vineyard is a bourbon barrel aged cider that pairs well alongside their other offerings but is still a deviation from their portfolio in some ways. It starts off bourbon focused, firstly with a quick hint of astringency, then those notes become smoother and more smoky and oaky. It lingers a long time with the tannic empire apples. Not overly astringent compared to other barrel-aged offerings, it has a lot to offer and at 10.6%.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 1.5
Sour – 3.5
Crisp – 4
Dry – 4
Fruity – 2.5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Shiny Cider – Bootleg Barrel Aged Cider
More Sour – Loch Mor – Bootlegger (Whisky)
More Dry – 
More Crisp – 

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