I should probably start off by saying that I really want to love this cider. I haven’t tried too many Canadian ciders and, as a rule, I really like to support local (I’m using the term “local” loosely here. It’s made in B.C. and I live in Edmonton.) I buy my produce and meat at the farmer’s market. If I could eat cheese, I’d buy that locally, too. So when I saw that there were a number of Canadian ciders available for me to try, I jumped at the chance.
So, Lonetree Authentic Dry Cider is produced by a small company in the Okanagan. Points for proximity (in a global sense.) The cans are lovely; I really love the muted gold colour, and the simplicity of the design. Points for that. It’s also free of the glutens. More points!
THE HARD (CIDER) TRUTH ABOUT LONETREE TRADITIONAL:
- Alcohol: 5.5% ABV
- Size: 355 mL
- Calories: TBD
- Brewed in: B.C. I just told you that, GAHD!
- Ingredients: No artificial colours. No artificial flavours. No grain glutens.
The colour of the cider itself is also very appealing. It just looks crisp. It’s a warmer yellow than some other ciders, but isn’t too golden (if that means anything to anyone else). I guess I mean that it doesn’t look heavy or murky.
The nose (should I call it that? Is there a cider-specific term for smell?) is… unlike anything I’ve smelled before. Not entirely appealing, to be honest. I’m probably going to bring a sample to my sommelier friend to see what she makes of it. It drives me crazy when I can’t place a scent.
And as for the taste… it’s completely… unremarkable. I don’t dislike it by any means, but there isn’t a lot to like, either. It’s not too sweet, nor too crisp, nor too tart (just to get this out there: I love a nice tart cider.) The carbonation is lovely – it has a great mouthfeel. But the taste drops off quickly and it feels a little anticlimactic. I could easily see drinking a number of these on a hot day, but I can’t say as I’d savour them particularly. I’d give Lonetree Dry a 6.5 on the completely arbitrary scale I just came up with right now.
Have you tried it? What’d you think? Rate it! And let me know about your experience in the comments below.