Kew – North Cider Brut

Cider Profile:

Name:   Kew – North Cider Brut
Sampled November 2021

Brand: Kew Vineyards
Apple – Sparkling
Location of Brewing: Beamsville, ON
Website Link:
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 750mL (bottles)
Kew Vineyards retail store + online store
Light, transparent yellow
Medium size, semi-streaming bubbles


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Earthy, astringent and apple forward. Semi-sweet.
Initial Taste: Strong bite from carbonation. Quickly dry and acidic. Mild apple flavour. Some astringency.
After Taste: Carbonation builds then dissipates and the apple notes become more obvious. Quite earthy and woody. Very dry finish with lots of fermentation elements.
On ice: Carbonation is significantly cut. Slightly more apple forward and tart. Smoother.

Additional Notes:  Kew’s North Cider Brut is a very carbonated, effervescent cider, which could be a very acceptable equivalent to a sparkling wine/champagne. Carbonation really drives the cider, masking a lot of the initial taste with the sensation, but it does become more apple forward as it dissipates near the end.  Earthy, astringent, and slightly woody, it tastes slightly old-world style as intended. Sophisticated yet rustic and rudimentary – a unique contrast that works in this.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 1.5
Sour – 2.5
Crisp – 3
Dry – 3.5
Fruity – 2

Next recommendations:
More Sweet –
Shiny – Apple Cider
More Sour –
Steel Town – Salvaje (Pet Nat)
More Dry –
Cold Creek – Cuvee Madeline (2019)
More Crisp –
Tawse – Dry Cider

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