Spiced Cider

Spiced Cider (also known as Spice, Herb, and Vegetable Cider) includes ciders with all culinary spices, herbs, and vegetables, as well as nuts (anything with ‘nut’ in the name, including coconut), chile peppers, coffee, chocolate, spruce tips, rose hips, hibiscus, fruit peels/zest (but not juice), rhubarb, and the like. It does not include culinary fruit or grains. Flavorful fermentable sugars and syrups (agave nectar, maple syrup, molasses, sorghum, treacle, honey, etc.) can be included only in combination with other allowable ingredients, and should not have a dominant character. Any combination of allowable ingredients may also be entered.

Aroma/Flavor
The cider character must be present and must fit with the spices, herbs, and/or vegetables. As with a Fruit Cider, it is a fault if the added ingredients dominate; a judge might ask, “Would this be different if neutral spirits replaced the cider?” Oxidation of either the base cider or the additions is a fault.

Appearance
Clear to brilliant. Color appropriate to added ingredients.

Mouthfeel
Average or more. Cider may be tannic from effect of added ingredients but must not be bitter from over-extraction.

Overall Impression
Like a white wine with complex flavors. The apple character must marry with the added ingredients and give a balanced result.

Entry Instructions
Entrants MUST specify carbonation level (3 levels). Entrants MUST specify sweetness (4 levels). Entrants MUST specify all added ingredients.

Vital Statistics
OG: 1.045 – 1.070 FG: 0.995 – 1.010 ABV: 5 – 9%