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The Old Third Golden Russet

The Old Third Golden Russet

Cider Profile:

Name:  The Old Third Golden Russet
Sampled January 2019

Brand: The Old Third Winery
Apple – Sparkling
Location of Brewing: Hillier, ON
Website Link:
Gluten Free:
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 750mL (bottle)
At The Old Third Winery
Bold golden yellow
Small streaming bubbles. Foam when poured.


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Caramelized, baked apple aroma. Sweet, syrupy aroma. Slightly musty.
Initial Taste: Minimal bite from carbonation. Quickly acidic and astringent, yet sweet and creamy.  Fleshy, caramelized apple taste. Woody, nutty and smoky notes.
After Taste: Apple continues, with acidity dissipating. Becomes more creamy, almost pastry-like tasting, with vanilla notes. Some mild spice notes like nutmeg. Semi-dry finish. Carbonation lingers in the throat.
On ice: No noticeable changes on ice.

Additional Notes:  Old Third’s Golden Russet Cider is a very unique offering, with us not being able to recall any others like it on the Ontario market. Having some Normandy cidre influences in taste and mouth feel, it goes dry rather quickly, and is acidity driven with some astringency. Has a lot of non-apple flavour notes happening from start to finish – a journey for the senses.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 2
Sour – 2.5
Crisp – 1.5
Dry – 4
Fruity – 2

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – 401 Cider – Apple Pie Cider
More Sour – Southbrook – Wild Ferment Organic
More Dry – Tawse – Sparkling Cider
More Crisp – Windswept – Northern Spy

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