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JK’s Northern Neighbour

JK’s Northern Neighbour

Cider Profile:

Name:  JK’s Northern Neighbour Farmhouse Cider (Saskatoon Cuvee)
Sampled December 2017

Brand: Almar Orchards
Apple – Sweet
Location of Brewing: Flushing, Michigan
ABV: 5.5%
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Ingredients: Michigan apple juice, Saskatchewan Saskatoons, yeast
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: 87 g/L

Size(s) available: 650mL (bottle)
Rustic cloudy brown
Very fine still bubbles. Some foam on the top.


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium smell. Freshly pressed apple aroma. Hints of warming spices. Extra sweet-smelling.
Initial Taste: Smooth. Quick sweetness. Fleshy, multi-variety apple flavours.
After Taste: Apple flavours remain – as well as sweetness. Some spice notes like cardamom and cinnamon come through. Crisp and tangy finish. Toasted caramel notes as well.
On ice: Cider becomes more thinned on ice. Sweetness is amplified.

Additional Notes: This Farmhouse Cider is very different. It reminds us more of a grocery store fresh pressed non-alcoholic cider than a traditional hard cider. A very sweet offering, it is unique from other offerings in the Ontario market. We appreciate the cross-boarder collaboration on this, using a unique apple, the Saskatoon. It does not taste alcoholic at all, featuring more farm-fresh flavours and naturalness from the apples.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 4
Sour – 1.5
Crisp – 3
Dry – 1.5
Fruity – 3.5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Somersby Cloudy Apple Semi Dry Cider
More Sour – Savanna Dry Cider
More Dry – Forbidden Artisinal Cider
More Crisp – Brickworks Batch 1904

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