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Ross Family Orchards Cider - Canadian Cider from Kelowna

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.

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If you ever get a chance, take a trip to kingston, ontario (between Ottawa and Toronto) and go to the Brew Pub. it's in the downtown area and if you ask any local, they should be able to give you directions. One of their specialities is their cranapple cider which I love. the Kelowna cider that you've mentioned is about as close as I've found so far in Vancouver...

September 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

Thanks for the tip Stephanie. I'd love to add some sort of cider suggestion reference at some point. Good ciders are so hard to find in North America still. This while not being my favorite was quite good.

Try the Sea Ciders on Vancouver Island... I absolutely adore their whole operation and the ciders are first rate too.

September 19, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteroldtimeydave

Stumbled on your blog while looking for other Canadian ciders online - there doesn't seem to be a comprehensive list anywhere.

A fine cider I recently tried at a local Toronto pub is the Waupoos Premium Cider from the County Cider Company in Picton Ontario. Look it up, give it at taste. It's a smooth low carbonation cider with a nice bite to it.

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSteven

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