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Are you attempting to describe Shield Cider? Do you envy the oenophiles' (ee-no-files) organoleptic adjectives and pompous ways? Fear not, cider-loving friend. We have a vocabulary all our own.
Shield Cider is a semi-sweet sparkling cider. It has a deep amber color, thick legs and a full body. It is ripe with culinary apple, citrus and summer fruit flavors of peach and apricot, and offers hints of dried leaves and roses, a touch of honey deepened by notes of anise. Our cider is complex, fruity and floral, tannic, with balanced sweetness and acidity. It provides high flavor intensity, a long finish, persistent carbonation and very high sessionability.
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Drink in a well-lit, odor-free and smoke-free place.
Take your time.
Level the playing field - drink all ciders around 55°F – but pay attention to how the flavors evolve as the ciders warm.
Use a tulip style wine glass to enhance the aromatics, accentuate the bubbles and prove that cider glassware is every bit as impressive as your friend’s wineglass collection.
Drink ciders from dry to sweet.