Borealis Winter Reserve Hard Cider
Sweetland Orchard Borealis Winter Reserve Hard Cider is an ice cider made from Minnesota apple juice concentrated by freezing. the concentrated juice produces a cider with 13.5% alcohol by volume. The cider has rich apple aromas, some fruit and spice, a hint of bacon and a clean fermentation character. It pours brilliant copper with long well formed legs and good reflectance. It hits the tongue thick and sweet with rich apple, apple pie, honey and alcohol flavors. Tannins creep in by mid palate and then the acidity shows up providing lemon level tartness to bring the sweetness under control. This is rich, like an elixir. Let it warm a little and the flavors get richer and more complex. This is a cider for special occaisions and for sipping all night, watching a fire while autumn creeps in with hints of winter. It is on the spendy side but you deserve somtthing like this once in a while. I thoroughly enjoy this cider and rate it 92.