The Cider Crate

Archibald’s – Hard Core

Archibald’s – Hard Core

Cider Profile:

Name:   Archibald’s – Hard Core Dry Cider
Sampled June 2021

Brand:  Archibald’s Estate Winery
Apple – Dry
Location of Brewing:
Bownmanville, ON
Website Link:
Gluten Free:
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 750ml (bottle)
Archibald’s online + retail store
Flavour: Apple
Transparent Light-Yellow
Large, infrequently-streaming bubbles

Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Semi-musty, slightly earthy, mature apple.  Some effervescence.
Initial Taste: Light bite from carbonation. Some tartness and acidity that shows up right after carbonation reduces. Dry, somewhat apple forward and quite naturally astringent. Red-peel notes.
After Taste:  Becomes more acidic and less apple focused, less sour, with more bitterness. Finishes with a slight film. Fermentation elements are present at the finish.
On ice: Less carbonation and overall intensity and apple elements reduced.  Less sour.

Additional Notes:  Archibald’s Hard Core Cider at 8% packs a punch.  It is very unique for an Ontario dry cider and is slightly earthy and astringent. Its a very element and fermentation note forward cider, with apple almost being secondary. Finishes dry and lingers a long time, where the more you drink the more you notice the red apple peel flavour and tannic grit.  Not a beginner cider, but one for an experienced cider drinker.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 2
Sour – 3
Crisp – 3.5
Dry – 4
Fruity – 3

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Loch Mor – Savvy Pomme
More Sour – Farm Gate – Hyslop
More Dry – Windswept – Northern Spy
More Crisp – Kings Mill – Russet Heritage

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