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Steel Town – Daga Carmesi

Steel Town – Daga Carmesi

Cider Profile:

Name: Steel Town – Daga Carmesi
Sampled January 2021

Brand:  Steel Town Cider Co.
Type: Flavoured – sour cherry + black tea
Location of Brewing: Hamilton, ON
ABV: 6.2%
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Ingredients: Pressed apples, montmorency cherry juice,
black tea, yeast

Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 355ml (can)
Availability: Steel Town retail + online stores
Flavour: Black tea + cherry
Colour:  Hazy rusty red
Carbonation: Medium, semi-streaming bubbles

Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Punchy acidity. Black tea pungency. Acetic. Sour apple.
Initial Taste: Strong bite from acidity and some carbonation. Black tea notes that are gritty. Sour candied cherry. Acetic and rustic.
After Taste: Becomes more cherry focused with heritage apple notes more prevalent. Mild smokiness. Lingering acidity and sourness.
On ice: Watered down flavour and mouthfeel. More cherry notes come through. Less punchy overall.

Additional Notes:  This sour sidra-inspired offering from Steel Town, the Daga Carmesi, is unique but fits well into the portfolio of Steel Town offerings. The Montmorency Cherry notes are dynamic, being sour and candied at the same time. Added black tea adds flavour and mouthfeel, being gritty and natural in taste. Heritage and sour apple notes add to the overall punchiness of the cider. Acidic and acetic. Would have a niche fan base (totally our style). 

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 1.5
Sour – 4
Crisp – 1.5
Dry – 4
Fruity – 3.5 

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Coffin Ridge – Lavender Earl Grey
More Sour – Revel – Sonata
More Dry – Ernest – Tea and Cookies
More Crisp – Slabtown – Legendary Cherry

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