Merridale Estate Cidery

Merridale Frizz Vodka

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Merridale Frizz Vodka

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Merridale Frizz Vodka is slightly carbonated. It is made entirely from B.C. fruit. This hand-crafted creation goes through Merridale's hand-made copper still four times and is aged for more than two years.

This vodka is then chilled below zero to carbonate in micro tanks for 20 days. The end result is a very smooth vodka with a nice fizz to it. And if that's not unique enough, the process used ensures that there is still a hint of the original fruit in the final flavour profile of the product.

It is packaged in a clear 750 ml bottle with a very interesting resealable top. This is a very clean tasting Vodka with 40% alcohol. Merridale sure knows its stuff when it comes to distilling craft products.

Winter Apple Cider

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Winter Apple Cider

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Winter Apple Cider has a very delicate Sherry aroma and medium orange / golden colour. There is a very intense flavour of baked apples and brown sugar with a long tangy finish that lingers in your mouth.

The warmth of this fortified, 19.5% alcohol content apple cider, will keep the winter frost at bay. It is rich and thick, creating a very satisfying sensory experience.

It is packaged in a very attractive red 375 ml bottle.

Stair's Pear Brandy

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Stair's Pear Brandy

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Stair's Pears originated in England and are known as the Bartlett Pear in Canada. The same fruit is also known as the Williams Pear and is used to create some of the most aromatic brandies in the world.

This brandy was made from 100% B.C. Bartlett Pears that were slowly fermented, then triple distilled in a copper pot still, 200 litres at a time. The brandy was then blending and aged in French oak barrels for over 6 years.

Stair's Pear Brandy has a light golden colour and generous aromas of fresh crushed pears with smoky undertones. This rich fruit aroma is a true sign of a well made brandy.

Smokey oak penetrates the amazingly intense pear flavours creating balance and structure. This luscious brandy has a long finish and very well rounded mouth feel that keeps the smoky pear flavour in your mouth for several minutes after each sip.

Cowichan Cider Brandy

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Cowichan Cider Brandy

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Cowichan Cider brandy is made from six different blends of French and English cider apples grown in the Cowichan Valley. These blends are fermented into cider and distilled three times in a copper still. The brandy is then aged in French Oak Barrels of two different sizes, 100 litre and 225 litre. The end result is blended together to create the perfect balance of flavour, colour and aroma.

Aromas of smokey apple fill your glass to tease your senses. Rich, intense flavours of apples, vanilla and spice fill your mouth with every sip. The warmth and tingle of this 35% alcohol brandy radiates through the finish with wisps of smokey satisfaction.

This is truly a unique craft creation! It is packaged in an attractive 375 ml bottle, complete with wooden topped stopper.

I highly recommend you try this amazing treat. It is fantastically Canadian.

Merridale Hoptimized

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Merridale Hoptimized

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Merridale Hoptimized is a limited edition, seasonal cider made from Cowichan apples and Vancouver Island hops. This very dry cider has a rich golden colour with fresh, clean aromas of apples and crushed hops.

You will find a crisp, full apple and hop flavour with a zesty tartness and just a hint of spice on the finish. This cider has 7% alcohol and is packaged in a 650 ml bottle.

Hopped cider has become one of the seasonal treats you can look forward to from only a hand-full of craft cider producers. If you can find this one, buy all you can and enjoy it over the holidays.

Merridale Scrumpy Cider

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Merridale Scrumpy Cider

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Merridale Scrumpy Cider has a light golden / orange colour and a very light apple aroma with a slight hint of onion.

There is an apple, cinnamon flavour with light carbonation and a dry tart finish. This Scrumpy is hand-made from a blend of orchard grown, crab and cider apples.

It has 11% alcohol and is packaged in a resealable 341 ml bottle.

I normally really like Scrumpy, but in this case could not get past the off-aroma. However the flavour does a lot to compensate for this, so do give it a try.

Merridale Cyser Cider

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Merridale Cyser Cider

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This off-dry Cyser has a golden colour and a clean, fresh apple / honey aroma. It is lightly carbonated and has a crisp apple, honey and spice flavour. There is a delicate floral finish that leaves you wanting more.

It is hand-made from orchard-grown cider apples, blended with local wildflower honey. This Cyser has 10% alcohol and is packaged in a resealable 341 ml bottle. However it is not likely that you will need to reseal this one as It is so good I can't imagine why you would have any leftover.

Merridale Traditional Cider

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Merridale Traditional Cider

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This traditional dry English style cider is delightful. It has a rich golden colour, clean, smokey, apple aroma, and a very straight-forward cider-apple flavour.

Made from a blend of orchard-grown European cider apples, this cider has a dry-tart finish with hints of spice that leave a pleasant tingle on your tongue. It has 7% alcohol, a light effervescence and is everything you would expect from this style.

I am a great fan of dry cider and feel this is a fantastic example, and one you should definitely try.

It is packaged in a 1 litre resealable bottle.

Merri Berri

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Merri Berri

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This all natural cider beverage is a blend of Merridale hard apple cider and the unfermented juices of B.C. berries and fruits including raspberries and black currants.

It has a light raspberry colour with a bubblegum aroma. It tastes a lot like a lightly carbonated fruit drink and has 6% alcohol. There is really no structure to speak of.

In all fairness, Merridale suggests you use this one for spritzers. And if that is what you are planning, it is a one stop shop, just add ice.

Although this style is not for me, it has its place in a quality line of hand-made products. It is certainly a plus that they use 100% undiluted juices form B.C.

It is packaged in a 1 litre resealable bottle.

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