From the website: “Once released from the bottle, Sir Isaac’s fresh pear aroma and distinct pear flavour, will offer your senses the pleasure they have long been waiting for. Its clean, soft, slightly sweet, balanced taste carries through to its sparkling finish. Allowing the patron to relish in what the Orchards of Niagara have to offer.”
- Appearance: Brilliant, Light Straw – Almost White.
- Aroma: Pear
- Taste: fresh pear, slightly winey, apple, tart
Background: Sir Isaac pear cider is named after the famous Canadian war hero Sir Isaac Brock. A quick bit of history; In 1812 Canada and the US were at war. The Canadians supported the British Monarchy and the Americans independence from Britain. Sir Isaac Brock was successful in thwarting an American invasion and captured Detroit. Later Detroit was recaptured by the Americans and eventually Canada and the US went back to friendly neighbours. However, Brock’s legacy as one of Canada’s greatest war heroes remains.
Two days after Brock’s heroic death on a battle field, a baby born to John and Ann Henry of Beamsville, Ontario was named in his honour, Isaac Brock Henry – the great-great-great grand-father of Sir Isaac pear cider founder, Brock M.A. Puddicombe.
First Taste is: Pear-y! This semi-sweet cider pours gentle effervescence with no head. The first taste is slightly winey and there is a nice fresh pear taste throughout. It finishes with slightly bitter apple-esque tones. There isn’t much acidic taste and the tannins are muted. Overall it’s a clean, light tasting cider that has a gentle pear flavour throughout.
What’s in it? Sulphites and Isinglass (clearing agent).
Overall: I haven’t had many pear ciders in my time (only 2 including this one), so I’m not sure where to rank this amongst other perry. With that in mind, I will say that I really enjoyed this one. The fresh real pear taste and balanced muted tannins and acids are perfect for those who are just getting into drinking this nectar of the gods. Because of it’s clean flavour it would be ideal for those days out at the lake in the summer. If you are expecting a sickly sweet, super-carbonated, jolly-rancher-pear-cider then you might be in for a shock as the flavours of Sir Isaac’s are natural and more subtle than the other ‘ciders’ out there.
Would I buy it again? Wish I could…This one is only in Ontario.
Where to get it? In Ontario at the LCBO only.
Rating: 8 out of 10
X-factor: Canadian Icon? Canadian Pear Cider? What’s not to like right?
Full Disclosure: The only other perry I’ve ever had before was William’s Sir Perry and it wasn’t memorable. I enjoyed this cider much more.