Name: Clafeld – Russet
Sampled March 2021
|Brand: Clafeld Cider House
Type: Apple – Single Varietal
Location of Brewing: Picton, ON
Website Link: waupooswinery.com
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: 5g/L Size(s) available: 500ml & 750ml (bottles)
Availability: Clafeld Retail or Waupoos Winery
Colour: Transparent light golden yellow
Carbonation: Medium, infrequently streaming bubbles
Cider Crate Tasting Notes:
Smell: Medium aroma. Bright and clean apple. Semi sweet smelling with some smokiness. Juicy.
Initial Taste: Light bite. Bitter sharp and bright Russet apple. Clean to start but gets smokier. A lot of alcoholic and tannic peel notes.
After Taste: Becomes less apple focused in the aftertaste. Slightly drier. Semi-clean finish.
On ice: Reduced carbonation, less apple.
Additional Notes: Part of the single varietal series put out by Clafeld Cider House, the Russet is a bright, bitter sharp offering that has a slight smokiness to it (as is somewhat common with single varietals from the Russet). Grippingly tannic (slightly sour with peel elements), it’s still a little smoother and easier to consume than other russet offerings we’ve enjoyed. Balanced and apple forward, though it still tastes rather alcoholic at 8.5%.
Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 2
Sour – 3
Crisp – 4
Dry – 3.5
Fruity – 4
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