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Front Road – The Spy

Front Road – The Spy

Cider Profile:

Name:   Front Road – The Spy
Sampled May 2020

Brand: Front Road Ciderworks – Blueberry Estate Hills
Type:
Apple – Crisp
Location of Brewing: St. Williams
ABV:
6%
Website Link:
blueberry-hill.ca
Ingredients:  
N/A
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content:  N/A

Size(s) available: 500 mL (bottle)
Availability:
Blueberry Hill Estates Retail Store + Online Store
Flavour:
Apple
Colour:
Hazy straw yellow
Carbonation:
Small, very frequently streaming bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Slightly astringent and late season-esque apple juice.
Initial Taste: Light bite from carbonation. Musty and muddled apple with some astringency and fermentation notes
After Taste: Apple becomes cleaner and definable with time. The spy apple becomes much more noticeable in the aftertaste with some spice notes.  Standard aftertaste length. Some caramel notes
On ice: Slightly thinner with a bit less carbonation, minimal change.

Additional Notes: An interesting single varietal, The Spy – made solely with Spy Apples – is mostly a single flavour journey but does have more depth than some other Spy single varietal ciders we’ve tried.  It’s easy to drink but still holds some more tannic, muddled notes that the palate may have to adjust to.  It becomes cleaner as you consume.  A very middle-of-the-road cider, no flavour is dominating or goes too far in either direction. Looks hazy and kind of tastes like it too.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 2
Sour –2.5
Crisp – 3
Dry – 2.5
Fruity – 3

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Heritage Estates – Dragon’s Gold
More Sour – Pommies – Farmhouse
More Dry – Windswept – Northern Spy
More Crisp – Thornbury – Original Cider

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