Kupela – Bizia Semi-Dry

Cider Profile:

Name: Kupela – Bizia Semi-Dry
Sampled October 2020

Brand: Kupela Sagardoa – Cidre basque
Type: Apple – Sidra
Location of Brewing: Anglet, France
ABV: 4%
Website Link: kupela.fr
Ingredients: N/A
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: 45 g/L

Size(s) available: 750ml (bottle)
Availability: LCBO (Ontario – 2020)
Flavour: Apple
Colour: Translucent, golden-yellow
Carbonation: Medium and large, frequently streaming bubbles

Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Light aroma. Sweet dessert apples w/ some pulpy elements. Very effervescent.
Initial Taste: Light bite from carbonation. Sweet caramelized dessert apples. Some tannic and bitter sharp apple notes.
After Taste: Becomes drier, and sweetness reduces.  More bittersharp apples and some vanilla/caramel notes present.  Exits the mouth somewhat fast.
On ice: Less apple flavour, somewhat reduced.

Additional Notes:  The Kupela is a fresh apple-tasting cider collaboration from the Basque region of Spain and a company from France.  Unlike many other Basque ciders, it’s very apple forward, quite clean (filtered) and light.  Sweet but not quite sugary, light in AVB at 4%. This would be an easy transition from a commercial cider to something a bit more traditional. 

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 4
Sour – 2
Crisp – 4
Dry – 2.5
Fruity – 3.5

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