Ernest Cider Rubee

Drink: Rubee
Source: Ernest Cider Co., Newmarket, ON
ABV: 5.9%
IBU: Unlisted
Size: 473 mL tallboy
Cost: $3.35

This peach hued cider seems to suggest honeyed sweetness, but the very first sip yields intense cranberry tartness and notes of sour cherry in a surprisingly balanced fashion, despite its honey and cane sugar.
Though they don’t list which ones, Rubee is made from seven varieties of Ontario apples, cranberries, and cherries.

Like biting into a ripe crabapple or stick of rhubarb, this cider is refreshing and refreshingly different in a market flooded with syrupy sweet competitors (Somersby’s et al.) laced with all sorts of flavours and high-fructose corn syrup.

For the person who’s already a trifle too sweet.

Hoochsavvy Grade: A+


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