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Farmgate – Sugar Shack

Farmgate – Sugar Shack

Cider Profile:

Name: Farmgate Cider – Sugar Shack
Sampled February 2018

Brand: Farmgate Cider
Location of Brewing:
West Carleton, ON
Website Link:
Apples, extra light maple syrup
Gluten Free:
Sugar Content:  N/A

Size(s) available: 500ml (bottle)
Website, Ottawa Lansdowne Farmers Market
Very few bubbles, appears still. More on ice.


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong sour apple aroma with hints of sweet candied maple sugar.
Initial Taste: Clean with no bite mouth feel – with strong, crisp, sour apples. Singular flavour apparent.
After Taste: Becomes more acidic and tangy, with some funky elements.  Earthy apple syrup flavour shows a little in the aftertaste.  Long-lingering with astringency.
On ice: Becomes a lot more bland tasting. Sour elements turns to more tart.

Additional Notes:  Starting more crisp and becoming more dry, the Sugar Shack Cider from Farmgate has an acidic and tangy taste – with funky elements that linger for a long time in the aftertaste.  The maple flavouring is subtle, but it helps to give this a fuller, more complex flavour. Full bodied, but easy to drink casually.   

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 4
Sour – 3.5
Crisp – 4
Dry – 3
Fruity – 3.5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – County Cider Feral 
More Sour – Ernest Wild Blueberry
More Dry – Heartwood Dry Maple
More Crisp – Apple Falls Heritage

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