Witch’s Broom is back!
Get to Know Witch’s Broom:
Take a ride on Witch’s Broom; a spooky semi-sweet cider infused with a bouquet of fall spices that will send you over the pumpkin patch! With lingering notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and ginger, she is as tantalizing as pumpkin pie; but, her namesake is Scotch Broom, an invasive plant that threatens the West Coast. As part of the Canadian Invasion Series, a portion of proceeds support efforts to combat invasive species in sensitive ecological areas
The Story Behind Witch’s Broom:
Witch’s Broom continues the Canadian Invasion Series theme of building awareness around invasive plants that are a threat to farms and natural areas alike. On the West Coast, well known botanical invaders include: ‘Rosa Rugosa’, ’ Scotch Broom’ and ‘the Himalayan Blackberry’, a cousin of the Trailing Blackberry. Witch’s Broom aims to raise funds and awareness around the terrifying takeover of Scotch Broom on the West Coast. As a fall seasonal, Witch’s Broom takes a heavy dose of fall inspired spices. This cider is the perfect accomplice to a gathering on a crisp fall evening.
Witch’s Broom combines the best of BC cider apples, cinnamon, orange, allspice and ginger. First we mill and juice the apples, adding champagne yeast to begin fermentation. Meanwhile, we soak cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and ginger in cider eau de vie. This eau de vie is then blended with the cider base and a precise dose of Vancouver Island Gin. The result is a spicy and spooky concoction surrounded by the nostalgic aura of fall.
Suggested Food Pairings:
Witch’s Broom pairs famously with fall meals. Consider pairing with Thanksgiving dinner, root vegetables, and duck dishes. Think fall soups, braised meat dishes and roasted nuts.
Appearance: Light tan, gently effervescent.
Aromas/Flavours: Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and allspice
Acid/Sweetness: Off-dry, good acid balance
Mouth feel: Smooth with minimal tannins, long finish
Available NOW at the Ciderhouse, and at select private liquor stores starting this week!