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Spy – Golden Eye

Spy – Golden Eye

Cider Profile:

Name:   Spy Golden Eye Premium Dry Apple Cider
Sampled April 2019

Brand: Spy Cider House and Distillery
Apple – Crisp
Location of Brewing: Blue Mountains, ON
Website Link:
Apples, sulphites
Gluten Free:
Sugar Content: N/ASize(s) available: 473mL (can)
At select better beverage bars
Pale straw yellow
Medium, semi-streaming

Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Very apple forward. Rather sweet, creamy dessert apples. Tangy and some earthiness.  Has some pear-like aroma.
Initial Taste: Medium bite from acidity and carbonation. Quickly apple forward. Tangy. Sweet with some bitter tannins. Fleshy apple.
After Taste: Apple flavour continues and lingers. Crisp, juicy apple medley with some pear notes. Ends semi-dry.
On ice: Slightly less carbonation. Flavour remains the same.

Additional Notes:  Spy’s Golden Eye offering is a very bold cider that has a lot of full-bodied elements that work well together. A prime example of the emerging Ontario cider style definition – of being semi-sweet with enough tannins to make it smooth, non-cloying, with a lot of depth.  A very apple forward cider, it is rather crisp, smooth and tangy. Quite enjoyable.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 3.5
Sour – 2.5
Crisp – 4.5
Dry – 3.5
Fruity – 4

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Creekside Estate – Rood Apples 
More Sour – Duntroon – Standing Rock
More Dry – Duxbury – Side Road
More Crisp – Collective Arts – Local Press

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