Virtue Cider: Rosé
Cidery: Virtue Cider
Origin: Fennville, MI, USA
Label Description: “Proper farmhouse cider. Hand-picked apples. Blended with barrel-aged cider.”
Color: Rose gold, clear
Aroma: Tart berries with secondary floral notes
Body: A touch above light
Acidity: A touch above medium
Flavor Profile: Floral notes come through upfront, followed by a tart apple flavor. The sip closes with a tart lemon taste, and the aftertaste consists of a bitter flavor.
Overall Thoughts and Rating
I must admit that I was a bit worried upon reading this cider’s nutritional label and seeing both “natural flavors” and “color” as ingredients. Unfortunately, my fears were not assuaged upon drinking it. This was not an enjoyable cider; it was at times both unpleasantly tart and bitter. It also lacked depth. The only way I could see myself drinking this again is if I were at a party and this was the only thing available.
Overall, I wasn’t really blown away by this rosé cider. The flavor profile wasn’t very complex compared to other ciders I’ve had in the past, and the flavors that were there weren’t as fresh tasting as I would have liked. I also feel like the bitter aftertaste hurt it more than helped it. That said, it is a very light drink with some floral notes, which makes it suited for summer outings. Still, it wouldn’t be my first choice.