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Shale Ridge – Semi-Sweet

Shale Ridge – Semi-Sweet

Cider Profile:

Name: Shale Ridge – Semi-Sweet Cider
Sampled January 2021

Brand:  Shale Ridge Hard Cider (Shale Ridge Estate Winery)
Type:  Apple
Location of Brewing: Thedford, ON
ABV: 6%
Website Link: shaleridgeestatewinery.com
Ingredients: Cider, sulphates
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 473ml (can)
Availability: Shale Ridge retail store and online
Flavour: Apple
Colour: Sunshine yellow
Carbonation: Large, infrequently streaming bubbles


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Semi-sweet pulpy apple. Slight tannic and acidic notes.
Initial Taste: Medium bite from carbonation. Apple is juicy, with a mix of pulpy and flesh notes. Semi-sweet with some bitter sharp apple elements. Crisp. Some tannins that add mouthfeel and depth.
After Taste: Becomes slightly smoother and a little more bitter sharp focused and tangy.  Slightly more acidic. Crisp finish with a clean mouthfeel.
On ice: A little less sharp and tangy.

Additional Notes:  The Semi-Sweet by Shale Ridge could easily be called a “little bit sharp”.  It has more crisp apple and tangy elements than most semi-sweet offerings but still easy to drink and very juice-forward.  Aftertaste brings in some mild drier elements and some fermentation notes. A few tannic notes help fill out the flavour profile and increase the fruitiness. An incredibly crisp and refreshing cider.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 3.5
Sour – 3
Crisp – 5
Dry – 2.5
Fruity – 4.5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Brickworks – Queen Street 501
More Sour – Duxbury – Heritage 1650
More Dry – Grey & Gold – Heritage Dry
More Crisp – 

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