Grand Illusion: Blue Illusion
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Basic Info about the Cider
Cider: Blue Illusion
Cidery: Grand Illusion
Origin: Carlisle, PA, USA
Color: Red-purple (similar in color to the skin of a red grape), cloudy
Our Review of the Cider
Julia's Thoughts and Rating:
Upon going in for a sip of Blue Illusion, you cannot help but notice the scent of blueberries, which is accompanied by a secondary note of lavender. Neither scent is overpowering, and together, they give the cider a pleasant aroma. Once you sip the cider, there is not much of a bite upfront; there is only some slight tingling. Once the tingling subsides, a sweet blueberry flavor comes through, followed shortly thereafter by the addition of a lavender flavor, and that blueberry-lavender flavor remains the dominant flavor for the remainder of the sip. About halfway through the sip, some acidity starts to come through and continues into the aftertaste. Toward the end of the sip, the lavender flavor becomes secondary to the blueberry flavor, and by the tail end of the sip, the blueberry flavor takes on some tartness and is joined by secondary notes of lemon. In the aftertaste, a slight amount of tannins becomes perceptible in the form of a touch of bitterness and slight drying of the mouth. This is a light-bodied, semi-sweet cider with a light amount of carbonation. Overall, this is a nice cider, which due to its fruit notes and light body would make for a great drink option at a summer BBQ. I felt that Blue Illusion had just the right amount of lavender and really enjoyed the lavender taste (and smell).
Ramsay's Thoughts and Rating:
It has a very small bite to it upfront that fades before you even notice.
Despite its cloudy appearance, it has a mostly light body. Goes down fairly smooth.
It has a low amount of acidity. I mostly noticed it in the first third of the sip, after which it quickly mellowed out. Same is true of the carbonation.
It's on the lighter side, even after drinking half of the can. Great if you’re having a large meal with it.
After drinking most of the can, I found it to have a low amount of tannin. Felt like Blue Illusion didn't dry out my tongue, except in the aftertaste, but it was very minor.
The flavor of this cider is refreshing. The first third has subtle notes of citrus. The whole sip though has a blueberry flavor, and it’s very pleasant. It stays with you well into the aftertaste. The other notable flavor is the lavender. I noticed it in the second half. It is secondary to the blueberry, but it's still quite noticeable. It adds a pleasant and refreshing finish to the sip.
With all that in mind, I found this cider to be semi-sweet. It comes off as being fairly balanced with a little bit of sweetness to it.
Overall, I really liked this cider. It had a nice, not overpowering blueberry and lavender flavor. It was pretty light, and I could see myself having two back to back.