The tasing guide is to help you navigate the 300 plus wines, spirits, ciders and beers that you will be able to taste and learn about.
Mark down your favourites, take notes, prepare your shopping list!
- Distilled From: Neutral grains such as barley, corn, rye, and wheat. Flavored with a variety of botanicals, which vary by brand.
- Flavor Profile: Herbal, dry. The primary flavor that defines gin comes from juniper berries, thus the ‘piney’ aroma and taste.
- Styles: London Dry Gin, Plymouth Gin, Old Tom Gin, Genever, New American Gin
- Distilled From: Sugar. Either molasses or pure sugar cane.
- Flavor Profile: Sweet. Toasted sugar. Varies by style and region.
- Styles: Light Rum, Gold Rum, Dark Rum, Over-Proof Rum, Spiced Rum, Cachaca, Flavored Rum
- Distilled From: Agave
- Flavor Profile: Vegetal, earthy with semi-sweet and spicy tones.
- Styles: Blanco, Reposado, Anejo, Extra-Anejo, Gold
- Distilled From: Malted grains which vary by style. Can include a mixture of corn, rye, wheat, barley, etc.
- Flavor Profile: Roasted, malted grain with oak undertones. There are distinct characteristics in each style.
- Styles:Irish Whiskey, Scotch, Bourbon, Rye Whiskey, Tennessee Whiskey, Canadian Whisky, Blended Whiskey, Flavored Whiskey, other emerging styles based on location (e.g. )
- Distilled From: Fruit. Primarily grapes, though apple, apricot, cherry, peach, and other fruits are also used.
- Flavor Profile: Fruity burnt wine.
- Styles: Cognac, Armagnac, Spanish Brandy, Pisco, American Brandy, Grappa, Eau-de-vie, Flavored Brandies
There are more than 300 cider apple varieties and they have special strains high in acids and tannins that are unique.
Cider apples fall into four categories, according to the tannin, sugar and acidity levels:
- Bittersweets are high in tannin and low in acid
- Sweets and low in both
- Bittersharps are high in both
- Sharps are low in tannin and higher in acid
Craft Ale styles:
From malty, lightly-hopped milds to dark and bitter stouts and porters, there is a Craft Beer out there for everyone. Below is just a few of the styles, join us at the Festival and talk with some of the Brewers to learn more.
What’s the difference between a porter and stout? The primary difference is the malt used to brew the beer.
Porters use malted barley while stouts use unmalted roasted barley creating more evident coffee flavours.
Mild is one of the most traditional beer styles
Old Ale was traditionally stored for months or years in wooden vessels,
Speciality beers are real ales that may be produced with novel ingredients including fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, honey, coffee, cocoa, chocolate, flowers other than hops and cereals other than barley.
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