Spiced Cider

Spiced Ciders are ciders made with any combination of added spices, such as “apple pie” spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice). Ciders with ginger are included in this category.

Aroma/Flavor
The cider character must be present and must fit with the spices. As with a fruit cider, it is a fault if the spices 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 spices.

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

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

Entry Instructions
Entrants MUST specify carbonation level (3 levels). Entrants MUST specify sweetness (5 categories). Entrants MUST specify all spices added.

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