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Review: Rosé by Shacksbury Craft Cider

Review Date: June 8, 2019

Sweetness: Dry

ABV: 6.00%

Cider Maker’s Description

When we set out to make a rose cider, we knew we wanted to pay homage to our friends in the winemaking world. Unlike many commercial ciders that rely on food coloring or additives to achieve a “rose pink” blush, our rose gets its color and flavor from grape skins — just, as we believe, like a rose should. We start with fresh New England apples, pressed and fermented at cellar temperature; then age our cider on Syrah and Zinfandel grape skins to impart tannin, structure, and berry notes. We source grape skins from California because we cannot find a high enough quantity here in the Northeast. Together, these add up to a fun-loving but refined marriage of New England apples with traditional wine grapes, as tasty as it is beautiful.


  • bright, clear, rosy red


  • light carbonation


  • culinary apples, grapes, berries


  • culinary apples, berries, fruity


  • light acid, crisp, light body but not flavor


  • quick and clean finish

Tasting Notes / General Impression

very refreshing, perfect on a hot summer day

Reviewer Notes


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Cidery Information

Shacksbury Craft Cider
Vergennes, VT

Matthew Ostrander
Matthew favors dry hard ciders with body and leans towards traditional English styles, and he’s also developed a serious appreciation for hopped ciders and creative flavor infused ciders. Though he prefers sweets in solid forms, he does enjoy semi-sweet to sweet ciders responsibly when the mood strikes. Learn more about our Chief Cider Curator here.