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Empire Cider – Extra Dry

Empire Cider – Extra Dry

Cider Profile:

Name:  Empire Cider – Extra Dry
Sampled July 2018

Brand: Empire Cider Co.
Type: Apple – Dry
Location of Brewing: Codrington, Ontario
ABV: 6%
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Ingredients: N/A
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 650mL (Bottles)
Availability: Cidery permanently closed
Flavour: Apple
Colour: Golden Yellow
Carbonation: Some foam, very fine semi-streaming bubbles.


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong, musty and astringent apples aroma.  Some apple flesh notes too.
Initial Taste: Little bite from acidity. Smooth to consume and light apple flavour. Quite earthy and musty with sweet notes. Slightly astringent.
After Taste: Semi-long lingering with lots of tannic taste and sensation – with some sweetness that remains.  Dry finish and more astringent in the aftertaste.
On ice: Looses a lot of carbonation and flavour.  Flatter, less sweet, more crisp.

Additional Notes: Empire’s Dry Apple cider does not have an overly strong apple presence but it does have a lot of different characteristics that makes it craft, sophisticated and obviously aged well. Defiantly not a commercial cider, but far from what you might call a home-brew (despite being made in a home garage).  With a lot of mustiness, astringency, and earthiness, it brings to mind a Spanish Sidra in some regards. Maybe not a beginner cider.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 3.5
Sour – 2.5
Crisp – 3.5
Dry – 3
Fruity – 2.5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Thornbury Original Craft Cider
More Sour – 401 Cider – Dry Apple
More Dry – County Cider – A Tortured Path
More Crisp – Great Cider – Nice and Dry

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