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Spy – Never Say Never

Spy – Never Say Never

Cider Profile

Name: Spy – Never Say Never
Sampled September 2020

Brand:  Spy Ciderhouse and Distillery
Type: Apple – Dry
Location of Brewing: Clarksburg, ON
ABV: 5%
Website Link: spydistillery.com
Ingredients: Apples
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 473ml (cans)
Availability: Spy retail store + online
Flavour: Apple
Colour:  Pale, sunflower yellow
Carbonation: Medium, infrequently streaming


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Pulpy, crisp apple. Some bittersharp hints. Some acidity.
Initial Taste: Medium bite from carbonation and acidity. Sharp, acidic but clean and bright apple medley flavours. Medium tannic levels.
After Taste: Tannins start to diminish, becomes a cleaner, sharper apple. Tangy, semi-dry finish.
On ice: Carbonation reduced. Slightly less tangy and less tannins. Minimal change to apple profile.

Additional Notes:  A very clean offering from Spy, this Never Say Never is made with organic apples harvested at their estate. Crisp, it has a tangy acidity from start to finish. Very apple forward with some mild earthy, natural hints. Straightforward apple cider with some depth – from fermentation process + heritage apples – but not too complex to not be appreciated by most. 

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 2.5
Sour – 3.5
Crisp – 4.5
Dry – 3
Fruity – 4

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Ardiel – Dry Apple Cider
More Sour – Spirit Tree – Draught Cider
More Dry – Duxbury – Heritage 1650
More Crisp – Thornbury – Honeycrisp Cider

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