From the website: “Kings & Spies is crafted from a blend of local heritage apples – primarily Kings and Northern Spies – yielding a fruit-forward, Italian-style sparkling cider. Proceeds from this cider support Lifecycles, a Victoria organization that promotes local food security”
- Appearance: Very Light Yellow
- Aroma: Fresh Fruit
- Taste: Crisp, Dry, Sour
Background: Sea Cider is a Artisan Cidery based on the Saanich Peninsula on Vancouver Island. They do things the right way; slow fermentation, champagne yeasts, and local Apples. Sea Cider grows over 60 types of organic apples and sources the rest through a Lifecycles, a Victoria non-profit society that supports urban sustainability and local food production. A portion of the proceeds form this cider goes to them.
First Taste is: Really good. You know you’re having a good cider when you go and get yourself a fruit and cheese plate…This is one of those ciders! This playfully effervescent cider starts with a gentle taste of fresh fruit and goes to a nicely balanced acidic and tannic finish. Crisp and pleasantly fruity. It’s a great cider!
What’s in it? Sulfites and Apples. Just the normal stuff.
Overall: I don’t think it’s any shocker that I’m a fan of Sea Cider. If you’ve read any of my other reviews, you know that I really respect what these folks are doing on the Saanich Peninsula. This is probably my second favourite cider that Sea Cider makes after the Flagship. It has a great balance and is just really tasty.
Would I buy it again? Yes, it’s a delicious cider.
Where to get it? This was found at Kitsilano Wine Cellar.
Rating: 8.5 out of 10
X-factor: I think this cider gets much less credit than the others from Sea Cider. A lot of my fellow cider nerds speak of Pippins and Rumrunner when they talk about Sea Cider. Honestly, I enjoyed this much more than both of those.
Full Disclosure: I’m alway leery of light coloured ciders. They tend to lack flavour. Sea Cider continually proves me wrong in what ‘I think I know’.