Ross Family Orchards Cider - Canadian Cider from Kelowna
Originally uploaded by OldTimeyDave
These days it isn't often I find a regional cider I haven't heard of or tasted. During my very recent trip to Vancouver BC seeing the Ross Family Orchards Cider on the very cool Six Acres' massive beverage menu was a nice surprise.
Overall it was pretty good and I had no problem finishing it. It had a an unexplainable semi-predictable familiarity which I can only explain as what seems to be Western Canadian Cider style.
I don't know why but even the family owned and micro cideries in British Columbia produce a real sweet product. It is like they are afraind to show people a real traditional cider. Sweet ciders may have had their day and kept cider making alive but their time is over and traditional dryer ciders are where it is at. This cider did have some great apple flavors and was sufficiently tart could have used a bit of "earthiness" and bite perhaps from some vintage cider apples or crab apples.
Another downside was the plastic bottle style cap that leaves the tamper proof lock ring behind. I was glad to find the bottle was glass although upon seeing the cap I did think it was plastic. Real farm made and fermented cider can be lots of hard work and time, and I don't know why most folks take short cuts during bottling. In my opinion a presentation faux pas like a plastic cap (or plastic anything else for that matter) does not pay the proper homage and celebrate the fruits or fermentations of their labors.
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PS. Sorry for the blog neglect. I just didn't have the energy with work, holidays and cider making/bottling. I'll try not to let it happen again and I'll get out some of the other cider critics and reviews ASAP.