West Avenue – Little Mac

Cider Profile:

Name: West Avenue – Little Mac
Sampled December 2021

Brand:  West Avenue Cider
Type: Apple – Single Varietal
Location of Brewing: Flamborough, ON
ABV:  5.9%
Website Link: westavenue.ca
Ingredients: Macintosh apples, sulphites
Gluten Free:  Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 355ml (can)
Availability: West Avenue Retail and Online Store
Flavour: Apple
Colour: Cloudy, straw yellow. Lots of trub
Carbonation: Medium, Streaming bubbles

Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Fresh pulpy apple with funky, earthy notes. Slight minerality.
Initial Taste: Medium bite from carbonation, which builds. Quick hit of sourness upfront. A bright and slightly funky Macintosh base – with mild gritty elements. Creamy flesh and semi-tannic peel.
After Taste: Becomes more tannic and less intense in the aftertaste.  Long-lingering with earthy and funky notes.
On ice: Carbonation and overall flavour and punch reduced dramatically.

Additional Notes:  The Little Mac by West Avenue is a funky, upbeat offering that is a single varietal from the Macintosh apple.  Creamy flesh, tannic peel with lots of trub (particles), as it’s unfiltered. Has layers and depth of the single fruit, instead of presenting characteristics from various apple types (as some other single varietal ciders can). So a singular flavour mostly throughout, but it shows tannic peel notes at one time and creamy apple flesh at another. Different but yet still familiar than the straight fruit itself. Elevated but one of West Avenue’s most approachable offerings.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 2
Sour – 3.5
Crisp – 3.5
Dry – 4
Fruity – 4

Next recommendations:
More Sweet –Thornbury – Honeycrisp Cider
More Sour – Steel Town – Salvaje Pet Nat
More Dry – FieldBird – Inky Rabbits
More Crisp – Duntroon – Empire Extra Dry Cider

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