Stormalong: The Grand Banks - Whiskey Barrel Aged
Basic Info about the Cider
Cider: The Grand Banks - Whiskey Barrel Aged
Origin: Sherborn, MA, USA
Color: Pale yellow, clear
Our Review of the Cider
Julia's Thoughts and Rating:
The Grand Banks was aged in Bully Boy whiskey barrels for 10 months, a fact which becomes apparent upon smelling the cider. There is a pleasant whiskey scent to the cider, with notes of oak and butter. Upon sipping the cider, the first thing that you notice is its smoothness; there is no bite to it. There is some very slight tingling, as well as a sweet apple flavor, upfront, but after a second or two, that apple flavor becomes secondary to a buttery whiskey taste, which remains the dominant flavor for the remainder of the sip. At the end of the sip, the sweet apple flavor becomes more noticeable, and a slight lemon flavor with very slight acidity emerges. After swallowing the cider, an aftertaste of whiskey remains. This cider is in between light and medium bodied, leaning more toward medium, and it is best described as semi-sweet. Although, I should note that this is not your typical semi-sweet cider; the whiskey flavor imparts both a sweetness and savoriness to the cider. In terms of carbonation, this cider is only very lightly carbonated. Overall, I love this cider. I am a fan of Bully Boy, having drank their rum and whiskey in the past, and I love the flavor that is imparted into this cider by the Bully Boy whiskey barrels. Stormalong and Bully Boy have created a delicious whiskey-cider hybrid. My only criticism of this cider is that it is a limited release.
Ramsay's Thoughts and Rating:
First thing I notice is a present but not overpowering whiskey smell.
There is no bite to this cider. It's uncanny, as I expect there to be at least a tiny bite.
It has a very light body profile. I kept drinking multiple sips thinking it would change, but it remained pretty light on the sip and in my stomach.
As for the acidity, I kept sipping it to find it. I would say it's at the tail-end of the sip, but it's very minimal. Same thing with the carbonation. There’s so little, because this cider goes down smooth.
Speaking of smooth, the flavor profile on this is something else. About a quarter into the sip, I get this smooth, semi-sweet whiskey flavor that lasts for the remainder of the sip. About a third of the way into the sip, I get that familiar apple flavor. While it takes a backseat to the whiskey flavor, it marries that whiskey flavor, resulting in a fusion that goes down nice and smooth.
The Grand Banks strikes me as a balanced cider leaning slightly toward the sweet side. This was tough to classify, as nothing about this cider really pulls it in a direction toward dry or sweet.
Overall, I really enjoyed this cider. I’ve had Bully Boy whiskey in the past and have really enjoyed it. This cider is a great blend of the two flavors that delivers a nice smooth (I know I’ve used that word a bit) finish. If you like whiskey, I really think you’re in for a treat here. My only regret is that it's a limited release.