Crimson Cider – Cranberry Sage

Cider Profile:

Name: Crimson Cider – Cranberry Sage
Sampled March 2021

Brand:  Crimson Cider Co.
Type: Flavoured – Cranberry + Sage
Location of Brewing: Picton, ON
ABV: 5.5%
Website Link: crimsoncidercompany.com
Ingredients: N/A
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 750ml (bottle)
Availability: Crimson online + retail store
Flavour: Cranberry + Sage
Colour:  Transparent pale pink
Carbonation: Medium, frequently streaming bubbles

Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium intensity. Ligh,t tart cranberry with some dessert apples
Initial Taste: Medium bite from carbonation. Quick semi-sweet cranberry which becomes more tart and dry as time goes.  Smooth, semi-sweet dessert apples make the base.  Some peel flavours.
After Taste: Apples dissipate, leaving a slightly musty and natural cranberry feel and taste.  Sage earthiness makes a slight appearance. Standard aftertaste length.
On ice: Slightly thinner mouthfeel. Carbonation reduced, not as tart cranberry.

Additional Notes:  Crimson Cider’s Cranberry Sage is a semi-tart cranberry offering.  Balanced with dessert apples, the cider is clean to start and becomes a bit more earthy as time goes on.  Sage shows up briefly in the aftertaste. Some peel elements and a lot of carbonation. (let it sit for a bit if it’s too much). 

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Thornbury – Cranberry Apple
More Sour – Spirit Tree – Crabapple Rose 
More Dry – Muskoka Lakes – Cliff Jump Cranberry
More Crisp – Rice Lake – Cranberry Dry

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