Ship Builders – Moscato

Cider Profile:

Name: Ship Builders – Moscato
Sampled November 2021

Brand: ShipBuilders Cider LTD
Type: Flavoured – Grape
Location of Brewing: Annapolis Valley, NS
ABV: 6%
Website Link: shipbuilderscider.ca
Ingredients: 100% Nova Scotia apples, muscat grapes
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A 

Size(s) available: 500ml (bottle)
Availability: Ship Builders Online Store + Nova Scotia
Flavour: Grape
Colour:  Translucent ruby red
Carbonation: Small streaming bubbles


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Heavy red grape. Acidity and effervescence. Mild pulpy apple.
Initial Taste: Mild sensation from acidity. Quickly red grape and red apple peel forward. Some gripping fruit tannins. Mild red berry notes.
After Taste: Apples dissipate while the red grape/wine flavour remains and lingers awhile. Some minerality. Ends dry, rosé wine-esque.
On ice: Smoother and slightly more apple focused.

Additional Notes:  Ship Builders’ Moscato Cider is more of a red grape-focused cider than being red or rosé wine inspired. You get both apples and grapes very quickly, and it becomes more grape focused into the aftertaste, as well as being slightly more red-wine like in the finish. An elevated acidity that makes it a sophisticated cider but not making the offering harder to consume. Would appeal to wine and cider fans alike as it draws from both worlds.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – No Boats on Sunday – Mixed Berry
More Sour – Annapolis – Sour Cherry
More Dry – Bulwark – Blush
More Crisp – Lake City Cider – Strawberry Red Head

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