After the disappointing Stella Artois Cidre, Ian and I shared a special bottle of cider that had been given to me as a gift by Gavin. It was far more impressive!
This particular BX Cider was a special release from September 30, 2015. The Alexandria series represents their small batch, one-off, and limited releases. If I am following their website correctly, it seems as though this Cranberry Cinnamon cider is now part of the separate Botanical Series. That is good news indeed; it must have been popular!
Like all their ciders, the name has historical significance. In this case the series is named after the Alexandra Suspension Bridge, located 25 miles north of Hope over the Fraser River. The bridge was an essential link in the Cariboo Wagon Road that the BX Stagecoaches travelled. The original bridge was destroyed in the Fraser Flood of 1894, but the current incarnation can be visited on foot as part of the Alexandra Bridge Provincial Park. I’m not quite sure why the BX Cidery added an “i” to the name.
We drank it while listening to the Rheostatics’ album Melville. It was a good pairing!
Appearance: pink, 6.5%
Nose: on the forefront cinnamon, subtle cranberry, potpourris
Palate: cranberry, spices, apples
Finish: strong cranberry bitterness, long and dry
Rating: 4/5 Excellent
This is the best BX Cider I have had so far. Hopefully if you’re in the Okanagan you can track some down!