Sea Cider – Wassail


Sea Cider Wassail

ABV 14%

  • Appearance: Rich Copper.
  • Aroma: Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Clove, Orange and Fruit.
  • Taste: Spicy, Perfume.

Background: Sea Cider is an award winning artisan Cidery on the Saanich Peninsula, Vancouver Island, BC. They produce over 60 + types of certified organic apples and operate a year-round ciderhouse that is open for tastings and tours. Wassailing refers to drinking and singing to the health of an orchard. It is an ancient practice from southern England and is still performed in the cider making areas of the West Country (Devon, Somerset and Dorset) and the Three Counties (Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire). The purpose of wassailing is to awaken the cider apple trees and scare away evil spirits ensuring a good harvest.

First Taste is: This is different! Aggressive flavours of Clove, Cinnamon, Nutmeg and dried Orange, moves to a bitter middle and dry Finish. It’s an interesting one! There is a subtle molasses note that I can only imagine is left behind after all the fermentable sugars are gone from the brown sugar. If you like Sea Cider’s Rumrunner (Prohibition in the US) you will enjoy this as well.

Sea Cider Wassail

What’s in it? Sulphites and “spices”. I’m thinking Sea Cider wants to keep this one a family secret.

Overall: This is the perfect holiday sipper. It reminds me in a lot of ways of German Glühwein. It certainly shares some flavour profiles; Orange, Cinnamon, Star Anise, and like Glühwein it will get you lit up faster than a match to last year’s Tannenbaum! Oh yes, I do like that…

Sea Cider Wassail

Would I buy it again? Yes, it’s perfect for long Winters and family visits!

Where to get it? This one was picked up at Legacy Liquor Store for $18.25 for 750ml.

Rating: 7.5 out of 10

X-factor: Made locally and with sustainable practices. Sea Cider is the type of company you can feel good about supporting. As a matter of fact you should run out to your local independent wine merchant and buy some of their product right now! Need recommendations? Look at their Flagship as a good place to start.

Full Disclosure: This is a good cider, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as  Sea Ciders’ Flagship.

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