Windswept – Lost Orchard (2017)

Cider Profile:

Name: Windswept Lost Orchard (2017 Harvest)
Sampled November 2020

Brand: Windswept Orchard Cider
Type: Apple – Dry
Location of Brewing: Grey County, ON
ABV: 7.4%
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Ingredients: N/A 
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 750mL (bottle)
Availability: Windswept online and retail store
Flavour: Apple
Colour: Hazy yellow with orange hues
Carbonation: Small, frequently streaming bubbles

Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Quite musty/cellared. Some metallic notes. Mild heritage apples aroma.
Initial Taste: Semi-strong bite from carbonation. Quickly musty. Blend of creamy and acidic apples. Some funk flavour and feel.
After Taste: Acidity continues but mellows. Becomes more smooth and sweet. Tannic flavour emerges from apples. Creamy, dry, long-lingering flavour. Some carbonation in the throat that stays.
On ice: Carbonated cut dramatically. Becomes more crisp and less dry with less apple flavour.

Additional Notes: The 2017 harvest of Windswept’s Lost Orchard is a rather dry and rustic offering, featuring a blend of unknown heritage apples foraged near the Windswept farms. Being rather carbonated, it could be substituted for champagne. Has a lot of tannins; as well as a lot of haze and specks of funk/sediment from the lees. 

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 2
Sour – 3
Crisp – 2
Dry – 4
Fruity – 2.5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Thornbury – Original Apple Cider
More Sour – Steeltown – Salvaje Pet Nat
More Dry – Beaver Valley – Flagship Apple
More Crisp – County Cider – A Tortured Path

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