On Monday November 1st, I attended the Merridale Cidery tasting as part of The Salt Cellar Series at Salt Tasting Room. Janet Docherty and Rick Pipes, proprietors of Merridale Ciderworks were on hand and I was fortunate to sit with them, enchanted to learn more about their company and the products they master.
The long communal table filled with about 25 guests all had the opportunity to discover the delicious drinks that hail from Vancouver Island’s orchards as we paired the cider with rich, artisanal cheeses and local charcuterie from delis such as J N & Z and Oyama Sausage Company.
Round 1 –we tasted these 3 ciders: Cidre Normandie, Scrumpy & Traditional
In the first round of 3 ciders, my favourite was Scrumpy with the Compte cheese & Cipollini Onions
Round 2 – we tasted these 3 ciders: House, Merri Berri & Cyser
In round 2, my favourite was the Cyser cider paired with the Similkameen honey
Scrumpy. Cyser. Pippin. If these terms are familiar to you, you may have enjoyed a frosty glass of traditional, English cider at some point. Here in BC, it is rare to find the dry, spicy flavours that are embraced by authentic British cider producers. Merridale Cidery, on Vancouver Island, is one of the few orchards that is dedicated to real cider and showcases the drink’s potential.
Merridale Cidery can be found online at http://www.merridalecider.com/about
Salt Tasting Room is in Blood Alley, Gastown or online at http://www.salttastingroom.com
By: Richard Wolak