September has been all about cider for me! I am back out on Vancouver Island again; this time without Nathan, but with some other friends who are mostly new to the world of cider. Today, I took them on their first cidery tour ever! We are staying in Victoria so we visited Tod Creek, which was the perfect introduction to the world of craft cider.
The staff member at Tod Creek who did our cider tasting was AMAZING! I wish I caught his name so I could give him a proper shout out. I have visited a ton of cideries and this was one of the best guided tastings I have done. He knew a lot about apples, cider tasting, and the history and future of the cidery itself. He was excellent at explaining the basics of cider to my friends who were newbies, but easily answered some of my more advanced questions – and he mentioned he hadn’t been working in the cider world very long!
Cider Tasting at Tod Creek
I had tried and very much enjoyed the Coastal Blue – in fact, I believe I drank it while sitting in a kiddie pool on one of the hottest days of summer this year. The Coast Blue has local blueberry juice in their dry cider. But the rest were new to me!
An off-dry craft cider with a hint of maple syrup to take the dry edge off
Craft cider in a can! 100% juice, fully fermented, then back-sweetened slightly with apple juice for an off-dry full flavour cider. Not diluted with water, nor any refined sugars added.
This is our triple-hopped craft cider. Like hops? You’ll love our cider that is made with organic hops from a small farm in Lilloette.
Our traditional style cider, much like a cider from Somerset. Dry, still, lightly oaked and full of tannins from the bittersweet apples (Tremlett & Dabinett).
I would recommend trying all of these. My friends who were cider newbies loved the Prospect Dry so we headed home with a bunch of bottles as souvenirs for people in Edmonton & Winnipeg.
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Read more about our travels on the Cider Tourism portion of our blog.