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Farmgate – Rhubarb

Cider Profile:

Name: Farmgate – Rhubarb
Sampled November 2021

Brand: Farmgate Cider
Type:  Apple – Flavoured
Location of Brewing: Carp, ON
ABV: 7%
Website Link: farmgatecider.ca
Ingredients: N/A
Gluten Free: N/A
Sugar Content: N/A 

Size(s) available: 500ml (bottle)
Availability: Seasonal – Farmgate online store + select Ottawa farmers markets
Flavour: Rhubarb
Colour: Translucent, sunflower yellow
Carbonation: Small, infrequent bubbles


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Acidic, pulpy wild apple with some bitter rhubarb
Initial Taste: Medium bite from acidity. Sour and funky apples with some bitter-sharp elements.  Rhubarb present but not overpowering
After Taste: As acidity reduces and the apple becomes a little smooth, raw earthy rhubarb becomes more present.  Short overall aftertaste that cleans out pretty easily.
On ice: Reduced mouthfeel and smoother

Additional Notes:  The Rhubarb by Farmgate Cider Co. is a sour and funky offering with a light rhubarb that becomes more present as the apple dissipates. More sour than what you’d have in a rhubarb pie and more dry, but a familiar flavour. Decently gritty on the palate. The apple base seems to have both bitter sharp and heritage characteristics. Not necessarily a cider for beginners but a worthy cider to build a tolerance and palate up for.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 1.5
Sour – 4
Crisp – 1.5
Dry – 4.5
Fruity – 2.5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Duntroon – Raindance Rhubarb Cyder
More Sour – 
More Dry – 
More Crisp – Kings Mill – Strawberry Rhubarb (Carbonated)

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