Spy Cider – Crimson Tide

Cider Profile

Name: Spy Cider – Crimson Tide
Sampled August 2020

Brand:  Spy Cider House and Distillery
Type: Flavoured – Black Currant
Location of Brewing: Clarksburg, ON
ABV: 5%
Website Link: spydistillary.com
Ingredients: Apples, black currants.
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A 

Size(s) available: 473ml (can)
Availability: Spy Cider House retail store + online store
Flavour: Black currant
Colour:  Transparent Ruby red
Carbonation: Medium streaming bubbles, some foam when poured. 

Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Tart apple with thick black currant reduction.
Initial Taste: Medium bite from carbonation. Semi-tart apples that are crisp and flavourful.  Some tart black currant elements. Strawberry notes.
After Taste: Apple reduces and black currant becomes much more present, tart with mild sweet aspects. Slightly thick and tingly mouthfeel. 
On ice: Reduced carbonation, more black currant focused.

Additional Notes:  The Crimson Tide by Spy Cider is a tale of two tastes. Apple forward and slightly tart to start, as time lingers it becomes much more black currant focused in the aftertaste (Enough so that you wonder where all the apple went).  Crisp to start and slightly muddled in the finish. Note: This is a remix of their original, Golden Eye same base with black currant added. 

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Duntroon Cyder – Raindance Rhubarb Cyder
More Sour – 401 Cider – Black Currant
More Dry – Beaver Valley – Bumbleberry
More Crisp – 

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