I debated whether or not to write about this Cyser, but decided to as it makes a good educational lesson about one of the things to look for when you open a bottle that just seems off.
This Cyser has a dark amber colour. When opened, the smell of oxidation is very apparent. Oxidation makes the Cyser look, smell and taste medicinal.
In this case I was not surprised to find this after seeing that it was sealed using a synthetic cork. These types of corks have been on the market for many years and work well for short term storage. However, in my experience, synthetic corks spell trouble for longer term storage.
Bottles, like most types of glass, expand and contract with even slight temperature fluctuations. Synthetic corks don’t expand or contract with the bottle. On the flip side, natural corks do, maintaining an ideal and consistent tight seal between cork and bottle.
Because of this, over time, a synthetic cork can let oxygen seep into the bottle exposing the product to oxidation, which eventually leaves it undrinkable. This Cyser is a case in point. However it is important to note, that this does not happen with all bottles.
Twin Pines Orchards & Cider House did not see an apple harvest in 2012. As such this Cyser was likely made from 2011 apples, giving this creation more time in the bottle. So this along with the synthetic cork brought together the perfect storm, which unfortunately ruined this Cyser.
As it is possible for individual bottles to be exposed to different temperature variations, I try two different bottles of each product reviewed. In the case of something like this, I want to make sure. After trying them both, I am.
I hope to be able to revisit Twin Pines Cyser in the future, hopefully packaged differently or when it has just been released.