Plums and petals are two of our favourite things. Like all ingredients we use, both are fleeting. Transient yet punctual in their annual rhythms.
This version of Ostara was aged on Golden Plums for 8 months. To it, we added 100lbs of dandelions that we foraged on our friend's farms, all within 50km of our cidery.
What's it like? It has a shockingly intimate dandelion aroma - like if you made a pillow out of dandelions and stuck your face in it, this is what it would smell like (we imagine).
Bright plant acids are tempered by a subtle sweetness and texture imparted by the pollen. This vintage you'll find an additional herbal depth, and slight tannin from the flowers.
Spontaneously fermented with our native microflora.
6.6% ABV | 750mL
Ingredients: Apples, dandelions. Gluten free.
Wild ferment, zero added sugar.
*Ostara is our name for a series of ciders pairing golden plums and flowers. Each blend is a 3 year project. In this one, the apples were harvested in 2019, plums in 2020, and we foraged the wild dandelions in the spring of 2021.
If you've had Ostara Dandelion in the past, this vintage has 3 times the amount of dandelions. We wanted to impart as much floral character in it as possible this time round.
$500 from this release was donated to Indspire.
Indspire is an Indigenous charity that invests in the education of Indigenous people for the long-term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities. In partnership with Indigenous, private and public sector stakeholders, Indspire educates, connects and invests in Indigenous people so they can achieve their highest potential. Learn more about them here: Indspire.ca.