Cider Connoisseur Sea Cider Score Card
Appearance - 9.8
Flavor - 9.5
Aroma - 9
Mouthfeel - 9.5
Crafted by:Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse - British Columbia, Canada
Good to know:Gold medalist, semi-dry, smooth, expensive.
Predominant flavors:Molasses, apple butter, rum.
Color:Rich, caramel, mahogany.
It’s not everyday that I buy a $25 bottle of cider. The Sea Cider Prohibition intrigued me, being one of the most expensive ones I’ve seen at my local stores. I went out on a limb and picked it up, and I’m glad I did since I haven’t seen it again around these parts. I hope to find it again soon, or another one from the same maker, and I’ll get into why in a minute.
The Sea Cider Prohibition hard cider is crafted by Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse, located on the Saanich Peninsula, near Victoria, on Vancouver Island. The folks at Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse have a ten acre farm, home to over 1,300 apple tress which include over 50 varieties of heritage apple goodness!
While they haven’t been around for too long, established in 2007, they have a classic feel to them and give off the feeling that this is more than a business to them – it’s a lifestyle.
One day I hope to visit the location in person. Their ciderhouse has become quite an attraction in Victoria, and looks like a great spot to visit and taste their ciders. I got lost doing a bit of day dreaming on their Trip Advisor page, 4.5 out of 5 stars is not too shabby on Trip Advisor!
The Sea Cider Prohibition hard cider presentation is clean, starting with the bottle – which comes with a swing bottle stopper so that you can reuse the bottle later. Now that the bottle is open, let’s get into the review!
The aroma right out of the bottle hints at a distilled beverage. Maybe that’s the rum-soaked bourbon barrels (where this cider ages for at least six months) coming to life, maybe it’s my imagination, but the aroma scores high as one of the best I’ve experienced. I apologize in advance if I’ve made you start to drool, go grab a bib because I’m not done yet.
The pour reveals a lovely appearance. The color is rich mahogany, and reminded me of whiskey minus the tiny sparse bubbles that barely hug the sides of the glass. It looks as good as it tastes!
On the first sip, the thought of “this tastes like the perfect adult caramel apple” popped right in my mind! It’s not overly sweet, instead you will find a well balanced semi-dry cider, curbed by heritage apple tartness with a hint of rum. The caramel flavor I mentioned is coming from the molasses and apple butter this cider is crafted with.
The mouthfeel is unique. While so many ciders these days appear to mimic beers, the Sea Cider Prohibition comes across as a “cider’s cider” as my wife described it.
Sea Cider Prohibition Conclusion
As you can see, this is starting to look more like a love letter than a cider review. I recommend this one to share with someone you care about, makes for a great date night companion! Pairs well with steak, Caribbean and Moroccan food.
Have you tried Sea Cider Prohibition before? Please share your own thoughts in the comments below, and click on the stars on our rate card above to cast your own review. Cheers!