About My Five Star System

About My Five Star System

Five Star System:

For a cider to be considered for review, I must first determine if it is true "Craft Cider". As my standards are higher than those set by cider associations and others, you can be assured that all reviewed ciders are, in my opinion, truly "Craft" in nature.

Our cidery index contains a growing list of the cideries that have produced the ciders I review.

Ratings for ciders:

“DoWhen evaluating craft cider I look at many things such as aroma, flavour, carbonation, finish, colour, clarity and process. That is because not all ciders are created equal.

There are many tricks a cider maker can use to achieve his or her end result. I favour a natural process, certified organic, heritage fruit, bottle conditioning over artificial carbonation, settling vs fining and time instead of filtration, just to name a few.

I consider each cider to be a work of art. That is why I do not compare one cider with another, instead choosing to evaluate each cider on its own merits.

Cider is a living food, so please keep in mind that craft ciders will change over time in the bottle. As cider makers very rarely use vintage dates, this can be challenging for the cider consumer as craft ciders are likely to be different from year to year.

Packaging is an important factor in the craft cider experience. An elegant package may suggest premium style or sophistication. And although I look at and rate packaging for the proposes of my reviews, it is important to note that most packaging does not affect quality or the way a cider tastes. If there are any special considerations I add a note about it.

Ratings for Fruit Wine, Mead & Spirits:

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When evaluating these creations I look at many things such as aroma, flavour, carbonation, finish, colour, clarity and process.

I favour a natural process, certified organic, heritage fruit, settling vs fining and time instead of filtration, just to name a few. This extends to the sources used in craft distillation.

Each creation is conidered to be a work of art. I do not compare one with another, instead choosing to evaluate each on its own merits. In the case of micro/craft distilleries, I also concider the still.

Fruit wines and meads are living foods, so please keep in mind that these craft creations will change over time in the bottle. Spirits on the other hand, should remain the same once bottled.

Packaging is an important factor in the craft experience. An elegant package may suggest premium style or sophistication. And although I look at and rate packaging for the proposes of my reviews, it is important to note that most packaging does not affect quality or taste. If there are any special considerations I add a note about it.

If you are a producer and would like me review your products, please let me know. http://saltspringcider.ca/send-us-your-samples