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 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.