Awards - Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition (GLINTCAP)

 

2013

BRONZE

  • Bitter Love — English Cider

 

CIDER STYLE

Bitter Love is a Traditional Cider. Traditional Ciders encompass those produced in the "West Country" of England (notably Somerset and Herefordshire), Northern France (notably Normandy and Brittany), and other regions in which cider-specific apple varieties and production techniques are used to achieve a profile similar to traditional English and French ciders.

 

Most ciders in the English style  -- like Bitter Love – are in the Traditional – Dry class (sweetness level is dry or medium-dry). Bitter Love is like the English “West Country” ciders and other ciders inspired by that style. These ciders are made with bittersweet and bittersharp apple varieties cultivated specifically for cider making. While this is not the case with Bitter Love, English ciders are traditionally fermented and aged in wood barrels, which adds some character; however, the barrels used are rarely new, so there is no overt wood character.

 

Ingredients
Fermented Cider Apple Juice – crafted from fresh, estate-grown cider-specific Apples, Cane Sugar, Carbon Dioxide, Potassium Sorbate and Sulfites to preserve freshness..

 

Production Method

Traditional cool, slow fermentation in stainless steel tanks to reduce loss of delicate aromas.

 

Aging

None. Bottled early spring.

 

Aroma/Flavor
Like other Traditional English ciders, Bitter Love has no overt apple character, but does have various flavors and esters that suggest apples -- particularly tannic varieties. English-style ciders commonly go through malolactic fermentation (MLF) which produces desirable spicy/smoky, phenolic, and farmyard/old-horse characters. These flavor notes are positive and do not dominate; in particular, the phenolic and farmyard notes are not heavy.

 

Appearance
The brilliant. medieval golden color of Bitter Love accentuates the elegance of this cider. Bitter Love makes a beautiful statement in the glass.

 

Mouthfeel
Full. Moderate to high tannin, perceived as astringency and some bitterness. Carbonation is light to moderate – unlike Traditional French Ciders which may have high carbonation, up to champagne levels.

 

Taste (Low | Mod Low | Mod | Mod Hi | High)


Sweet –       Sour – ML       Bitter – M       Salty – L          Umami - ML

 

Overall Impression
Generally dry, full-bodied, and slightly austere. Complex flavor profile, long finish.

 

Cider Apple Varieties
English: Brown Snout, Chisel Jersey, Ellis Bitter, Major, Somerset Redstreak, and Tremlett’s (Geneva) Bitter.

French: Medaille d’Or

 

Vital Statistics
OG: 1.050 – 1.075 FG: 0.995 – 1.015

ABV: 7%

pH:

 

Calories: 70

 

Ageability: 6-9 months

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bitter Love Semi-Dry Sparkling Cider

$18.95Price
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  • Crafted from classic English bittersweet apples, this distinctive cider is rich in flavor and medium dry in taste. Fragrant undertones combine lovingly with the mild tannins that give this cider its character. While packaged like a sparkling wine, Bitter Love is gently carbonated. Celebrate with a pleasant and memorable taste sensation. 7% alcohol by volume. 750 ml Bottles.

    $18.95/Bottle, $204.65/Case (12)

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