We’re thrilled to announce the release of our newest seasonal release – Ginger Perry!
Spices such as ginger were prized by early European explorers.
Finding new routes to source these spices led to Cabot’s voyage of discovery in 1497 and Victoria’s early tea culture. Sea Cider pays homage to our seafaring ancestors with Ginger Perry. As part of our Barrel Series, gin barrels and ginger are used to infuse our Ginger Perry with zesty notes that compliment the sweetness and bright acidity of British Columbia pears. Raise a glass of Sea Cider to the spice trade!
The Story Behind Ginger Perry
Ginger Perry is the newest addition to the Sea Cider Barrel Series. As the name suggests, this series contains ciders that are influenced by oak aging and the addition of spirits, typically yielding ciders with higher ABV’s (12-14%) and oak notes. In the case of Ginger Perry, a special blend of fermented apple and pear juice is aged in American oak barrels from a nearby distillery on the Saanich Peninsula. Oak barrels have been used in cidermaking for centuries, imparting a variety of complex aromatics and flavours, depending on the oak being used. At Sea Cider we keep American oak barrels on-hand, which have been previously used for gin, rum, bourbon and sherry aging. Ginger Perry uses barrels that previously aged local gin.
To create Ginger Perry we ferment the highest grade of British Columbian apples and pears with champagne yeast in stainless steel tanks at cool temperatures. We then create our very own ginger and juniper bitters by soaking fresh cut ginger and juniper berries in cider eau de vie. The resulting eau de vie is blended with the dry base and sweetened with unfermented pear juice. The result is Sea Cider Ginger Perry! Expect zesty notes of ginger and juniper to mingle with a sweet and lively acidity from British Columbia Pear juice in a perfectly-balanced, semi-sweet union.
Suggested Food Pairings
Ginger Perry pairs well with many different bold and spicy dishes. Don’t be scared to double up on the ginger and other spices with Szechuan style ginger chicken or ginger beef. With a healthy residual sugar and lively personality, Ginger Perry is a perfect match for the spicy, slightly sweet heat of Asian dishes. It’s all about the spice!
Appearance: Effervescent, warm straw in colour, clear, bright
Aromas/Flavours: Apple, ginger, gin botanicals (juniper)
Acid/Sweetness: Lively acidity, semi-sweet Mouth feel: Crisp, sharp, lively
Expect Ginger Perry to start hitting the shelves of your favorite private liquor store the week of August 21st!