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Rootstock Ciderworks – Rosé Hard Cider (2017)

Cider Profile:

Name: Rootstock Ciderworks – Rose Hard Cider (2017)
Sampled October 2019

Brand: Rootstock Ciderwork (Celk Distilling) & Leonard Oakes Estate Winery
Type:
Apple – Rosé
Location of Brewing:
Williamson, NY
ABV:
7.9%
Website Link:
rootstockciderworks.com
Ingredients:
Blend of Heritage Cider form Rootstock and Rose wine from Leonard Oakes Estate Winery (Rhode Island Greening and Courland Apples, Blaufrankisch Grapes)
Gluten Free:
Yes
Sugar Content: 1.5% RS

Size(s) available: 750ml (bottle)
Availability:
From Rootstock retail store
Flavour:
Rosé
Colour:  
Deep rose
Carbonation:
Almost still, light bubbles.



Cider Crate Tasting Notes

Smell: Medium aroma. Slightly astringent. Candied berries and floral hints
Initial Taste: Light bite from carbonation. Semi acidic with a dry, tart apple.
After Taste: Becomes even drier and tarter, and rather wine-like in the finish. Berry focused with a light, floral tingle at the end.
On ice: Thinner mouthfeel and reduction in flavour, but still remains more flavourful then most rosé ciders.

Additional Notes:  A heavier than most rosé, the Rootstock Ciderworks’ collaboration with Leonard Oakes Estate Winery’s Blaufrankisch is full bodied and a bit tarter than most rosés we’ve had.  It packs a punch at 7.9%, but tastes like it’s a little higher.  Filled with heritage apples, this makes a lot of sense as many other rose’s we have come across are made with solely dessert apples. High in tannins, it’s more wine-like than many commercially-oriented options.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 2
Sour – 3.5
Crisp – 1.5
Dry – 4
Fruity – 4

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Angry Orchard – Rosé Cider
More Sour – Graft – Fields and Flowers
More Dry – 
More Crisp – 1911 – Tropical Cider

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1911 – Tropical

Cider Profile:

Name:  1911 – Tropical
Sampled January 2020

Brand: 1911 (Beak and Skiff)
Type:
Flavoured – Tropical Fruits
Location of Brewing:
Lafayette, NY
ABV:
6.5%
Website Link:
1911established.com
Ingredients:
Fresh Pressed Cider, sugar, malic acid, natural hlavours, sulfites to protect freshness, lightly carbonated
Gluten Free:
Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 473mL (can)
Availability:
New York State
Flavour:
Tropical
Colour:  
Sunshine yellow
Carbonation:
Small, infrequently streaming bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Sweet apple, pineapple and a hint of coconut
Initial Taste: Light bite. Sweet and creamy apple with strong elements of pineapple. Clean.
After Taste:  Longer lingering with a strong pineapple finish.  Almost pineapple juice-like at times without the pulpiness.  Slight hint of coconut in the aftertaste.
On ice: Slight reduction of carbonation on ice, rest remains the same.

Additional Notes:  The 1911 Established Tropical is an extra fruity and summery drink.  Very clean apple, with a 4 of 6 sweetness rating on the can, its pineapple first – with smooth, sweet apple second.  Aftertaste lasts a long time, but not filmy.  Unique as it’s hard to get such a clean tasting flavoured cider.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Ace Cider – Pineapple
More Sour – Graft – Fields and Flowers
More Dry – Rootstock – Belgian Cider
More Crisp – 

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Graft – Field and Flowers

Cider Profile:

Name:   Graft – Fields & Flowers
Sampled October 2019

Brand: Graft Cider
Type:
Apple – Sour
Location of Brewing: Newburgh, NY
ABV:
6.9%
Website Link:
graftcidery.com
Ingredients:  
Rose hips, hibiscus, rooibos, sea salt
Gluten Free:  Yes
Sugar Content:  N/A

Size(s) available: 12 oz
Availability:
New York Stores
Flavour:
Rosé
Colour: Cloudy, murky brown/yellow
Carbonation:
Infrequent, small streaming bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Very salty with medium floral notes. Some creamy, sour and semi-sweet apple notes.
Initial Taste: Mild bite from acidity and carbonation. Quickly salty and rough on the tongue. Creamy dessert and heritage apple notes.
After Taste: Saltiness continues and lingers, being slightly brine-like. Rose and general floral flavours come through. Some passion fruit and lime flavours. Ends semi-dry with a film from the salt.
On ice: Reduced carbonation – including bite. Becomes watered down, much less salty.

Additional Notes: Graft’s Gose Rosé cider does not lie about being a salty, funky cider that delivers on the sour and the fruit notes as promised on the can. Full-bodied, it may not be for those who don’t like gose beers and/or margaritas. With a creamy apple base, it has many intricate layers of herbal, floral and fruit flavours. Not your standard infused cider by most definitions.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 2.5
Sour – 3.5
Crisp – 1.5
Dry – 4
Fruity – 3.5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Somersby – Rosé

More Sour – 
More Dry – Strongbow – Rosé Apple
More Crisp – Angry Orchard – Rosé

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