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Banjo – Rouge

Banjo – Rouge

Cider Profile:

Name: Banjo – Rouge
Sampled September 2020

Brand: Banjo Handcrafted Cider
Type: Flavoured – Cherry
Location of Brewing: Uxbridge, ON
ABV: 6.5%
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Ingredients: Apples, dark cherry, maple syrup, sulphites
Gluten Free: N/A
Sugar Content: N/A 

Size(s) available: 750ml (bottle)
Availability: Banjo Retail Store 
Flavour: Cherry
Colour:  Translucent dark-red
Carbonation: Small, streaming bubbles

Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Funky and tart cherries, earthy elements. Muddled apple. Some warming spices.   
Initial Taste: Light bite. Smooth apples with fresh, balanced (not too tart nor sweet) ripe dark cherries flavours.
After Taste: Apple reduces leaving more red-wine like elements from the dark cherries. Becomes drier and some fermentation elements noticeable. Some damp oak and spice like notes (cardamon and clove) appear near finish.
On ice: Reduced overall flavour. Cherry stripped away more than apple.

Additional Notes:  The Rouge by Banjo is unique for a cherry cider.  Smooth, light carbonation, balanced cherries that are on-par with the apple flavours.  Some tart/tangy elements, with a little drier and slight red-wine finish.  Natural, funky, woody and obviously crafted from the farm. A relatively delicate cherry cider compared to others, as it is not heavily sweetened like many, rather with just a touch of maple syrup. Very traditionally-inspired fruit cider.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 2.5
Sour – 3.5
Crisp – 2
Dry – 4
Fruity – 3.5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Fielding Cider – Cherry Rosé
More Sour – Muskoka -Cliff Jump Cranberry
More Dry – Heritage Estates – Cherriosity
More Crisp – Collective Arts – Apple and Cherry Cider

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