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Award-Winning Ice Cider released Saturday

The County Cider Company will launch its award-winning cider on Saturday.

County Cider won a Best of Show award for its Choa Ice Cider at this spring’s Sixth Annual Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition. Medals won included a bronze for Waupoos Premium Cider in the English Cider category, a silver for Feral Cider in the Fruit Based Cider category, and a gold for Barrel Aged Ice Cider in the Intensified Cider and Spirits Category.
The competition, held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, drew 265 entries from a wide swath of North America – from Washington to Nova Scotia and from Quebec to Texas and a significant increase entries from overseas. This prestigious event is the largest cider competition held outside of the United Kingdom. The competition featured hard ciders from over 165 producers from around the world.
The win is even more sweet, says Grant Howes, County Cider Company proprietor, because the barrel for the aged ice cider was created by The Carriage House Cooperage, of Wellington, using local wood.
“We don’t enter many competitions but some of the more significant ones show us how we are doing on a world scale.”
Notwithstanding, the awards for County Cider products have poured in over the years and include the Ontario Premier Award for Agri-Food Innovation; the Toronto Wine and Cheese Best of Show for County’s Cider’s popular Fruit Wine Peach Cider and a Gold Medal for the Ice Cider.

“We are extremely pleased with this placing of Best in Show,” said Robin St. George, marketing manager. “It has proven we made the correct decision to age our Ice Cider in an innovative barrel made by Pete Bradford of the Carriage House Cooperage in Wellington. These barrels, coopered from cherry, hickory, oak and ash provided a flavouring profile that exceeded our expectations.”

“This experiment produced a very unique ice cider with no one wood dominating the palate, but rather a wonderful synergy of flavours. The marriage of our ice cider and wood proved to be ideal, and we think it will improve with time.” says Jenifer Dean, cidermaker.

The Barrel Aged Ice Cider will be released in Waupoos at the County Cider Tasting Room on Saturday, July 23, 2011.

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