Stormalong: Red Skies at Night
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Basic Info about the Cider
Cider: Red Skies at Night
Origin: Sherborn, MA, USA
Color: Light wine red, clear
Our Review of the Cider
Julia's Thoughts and Rating:
Red Skies has a primary aroma of passion fruit, which is accompanied by secondary notes of hibiscus and apple. Upon sipping the cider, there is a very small bite, as well as some slight tingling on the tongue from carbonation. Once those subside, an apple-passion fruit flavor with a touch of sweetness emerges and remains the dominant flavor until about ¾ of the way through the sip. At this point, a hibiscus flavor becomes noticeable and quickly surpasses the apple-passion fruit flavor in intensity. The sip finishes with hibiscus as the dominant flavor and apple-passion fruit as a secondary note. The aftertaste comprises hibiscus with a hint of lemon and bitterness. This is a relatively light, semi-dry cider with medium carbonation and a relatively low amount of acidity. There is a low amount of tannin that is only perceptible at the end of the sip.
Overall, I really liked Red Skies. As someone who loves hibiscus tea, I quite enjoyed the hibiscus flavor notes in this cider. I also found the cider to be well balanced, with the sweetness from the passion fruit and apple upfront offset by the touch of tannin at the end of the sip. Lastly, its light body and semi-dry quality made it very easy to drink.
Ramsay's Thoughts and Rating:
Upfront I get a small bite that quickly fades into the rest of the sip.
The body falls between light and medium, leaning more toward light.
Red Skies has a low amount of acidity that is present till about ¼ into the sip before fading away for good.
Even after several small sips, I could feel a medium amount of carbonation. I didn’t notice it at first, but then it caught up to me.
I wasn’t sure if it was the hibiscus or not, but I could feel my tongue drying out after the sip. After several sips, I found there to be a relatively low amount of tannin.
Red Skies has a unique combo of flavors. The first thing I get is the passion fruit mixed in with the apple. The passion fruit is the dominant flavor throughout the sip until around the ¾ mark. Then, I could really taste the hibiscus through the remainder of the sip and well into the aftertaste with the passion fruit.
I had a hard time figuring out if this cider was more sweet or dry. The passion fruit helps deliver a sweet profile, but the hibiscus helps it finish dry. In the end, I think it finishes slightly sweet.
Overall, I really enjoyed the unique fruit flavor of Red Skies. I don’t get to enjoy passion fruit too often, but it's usually a good experience when I can. Here is no exception. Really liked the balance of the passion fruit and the hibiscus. Could see myself having multiple in one sitting.