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Shale Ridge – Cherry Apple

Shale Ridge – Cherry Apple

Cider Profile:

Name: Shale Ridge – Cherry Apple
Sampled August 2021

Brand:  Shale Ridge Hard Cider
Type: Flavoured – Cherry
Location of Brewing: Thedford, ON
ABV: 5%
Website Link: shaleridgeestatewinery.com
Ingredients: Cider, tart cherries, sulphites
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 473ml (can)
Availability: Shale Ridge retail + online stores
Flavour: Cherry
Colour:  Transparent vivid red
Carbonation: Small, infrequently streaming


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Semi-tart, candied cherries. Sweet, pulpy apple.
Initial Taste: Minimal bite. Some acidity. Quick sweet apple that is very fleshy. Mostly dry cherry that is tangy and mildly tart.
After Taste: Cherry becomes slightly sweeter, very cherry blaster candy-like. Off dry finish.
On ice: Slightly less acidic. More cherry and less apple are noticeable.

Additional Notes:  Shale Ridge’s Cherry Apple is one of their more dry options we’ve had from them. With a mostly dry cherry flavour, it is still candied and reminds us of cherry blasters. The mild sweetness in this seems to come from the apples, which are fleshy and bright. A lighter, very crisp and refreshing option. The cider seems to be more cherry-forward on ice.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 3
Sour – 3
Crisp – 3.5
Dry – 2.5
Fruity – 4

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Puddicombe – Cherry
More Sour – Banjo – Rouge
More Dry – Apple Falls – Cherry Crush (2018)
More Crisp – West Avenue – Cherriosity

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