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Judge's Review: 89 Rating - E.Z. Orchards Cidre by E.Z. Orchards

August, 2019
Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
6 / 6
36 / 40
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
17 / 20

E.Z. Orchards Cidre by E.Z. Orchards falls under the 2015 BJCP Guidelines as C1A ( New World Cider ). Upon opening the bottle it revealed a nice, soft, subtle apple aroma's in the nose. It was nothing overpowering, but again subtle as expected of a cider. The appearance revealed a nice cloudy straw hue that could be perhaps a slight chill haze and/or unfiltered cider.  However, this should not be a concerning factor, as this is a cider and for someone knowledgeable this is a good sign. For me, it represents " farmhouse " and/or something artisanal. Again, like beer, the filtering process certainly makes the beer/cider more clear in appearance, however, removes some of the flavor profiles associated with it. The flavor of the cider has a nice balance of acidity and hints of apples throughout the flavor profile. As well, it had a nice farmhouse and freshness associated in the various deep flavors that I tasted. The body and mouthfeel of this cider was light, crisp and finished dry in the palate. The alcohol strength of this cider is 6.1%. The carbonation was moderate and sparkled in the mouth, but wasn't aggressive or overt like a champagne. Overall, I enjoyed this semi-dry cidre (cider) with subtle hints of apples made in the farmhouse artisanal manner that tastes raw and real and made in small batches unlike some of the major cideries made in North America. This cider will be particulary nice on a hot, sunny day quenching one's thirst and/or can be enjoyed year round.