From the website: “Rumrunner is crafted with home-grown heritage apples including Winter Bananas and Winesaps. The apples were hand pressed using our traditional rack and cloth press, slowly fermented with Champagne yeast then aged in rum barrels. Notes of brown sugar and spice give complexity to this semi-dry sparkling cider.”
- Appearance: Dark Copper
- Aroma: Aggressive Alcohol, Spice
- Taste: Cinnamon, Rum, Caramel, Cider Apples
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.
First Taste is: Intense! At 12.5% this semi-dry cider is a little hot out of the gate. It has a nice balance though as the spice and residual sweetness really work together to calm the senses. Flavours of molasses, caramel, and spice are welcoming and not overbearing by any means. Not for the faint-hearted, this is a really nice example of a barrel aged cider.
What’s in it? Label says, “Sulphites”. I’m pretty positive that it didn’t get to 12.5% on it’s own. I’m also pretty sure that all the spice wasn’t just given by the rum casks. I guess this one will stay a mystery.
Overall: This is a great cider! It’s another winner from the folks at Sea Cider. I’m amazed at the distinct variety of ciders that Sea Cider makes.
Would I buy it again? Yes.
Where to get it? This one was picked up at West Coast Liquor Store.
Rating: 8.5 out of 10
X-factor: Sea Cider Rumrunner is marketed under the name, ‘Prohibition’ state side.
Full Disclosure: The Rumrunner is a bit of a fan-favourite with fellow cider nerds.