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Chill St – All Night Long

Cider Profile:

Name: Chill St – All Night Long
Sampled July 2021

Brand: Chill Street Cider
Type: Flavoured – Blackberry
Location of Brewing: Elmsdale, NS
ABV: 5.2%
Website Link: chillstreetcraftbeverageco.com
Ingredients: N/A
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 473ml (can)
Availability: Chill St. retail, online store and locally in Nova Scotia
Flavour: Blackberry
Colour: Translucent, straw yellow
Carbonation: Small, frequently streaming bubbles. 


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Candied and sweet artificial-like blackberry. Light dessert apple
Initial Taste: Light bite from carbonation. Semi-sweet dessert apple with some blackberry elements that are tart and very different than the smell.
After Taste: Apple dissipates and a semi-dry and slightly astringent blackberry becomes more present – and it lingers a long time in the aftertaste.  Some tonic notes.
On ice: Reduced carbonation and sweetness. Overall, a bit muted.

Additional Notes:  Chill Streets’ blackberry dry offering called All Night Long smells very sweet, commercial and upbeat, however the taste is more muted, tart and tonic-like.  The first sips will throw you off a bit, as it is slightly dry and semi-sweet apples with only a hint of blackberry.  As the apple drops out in the aftertaste, you’re left with a semi-tart and artificial-tasting blackberry pulp finish.   

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 2.5
Sour – 3
Crisp – 3.5
Dry – 3
Fruity – 2.5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – No Boats on Sunday – Mixed Berry
More Sour – Annapolis – Earl Blue Cider
More Dry – Bulwark – Blush
More Crisp – Howell Road – Blackberry Pear

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Collective Arts – Blackberry & Peach

Cider Profile:

Name: Collective Arts – Blackberry & Peach
Sampled January 2021

Brand: Collective Arts Brewing Co.
Type: Flavoured – Blackberry and Peach
Location of Brewing: Hamilton, ON
ABV: 5.7%
Website Link: collectiveartscider.com
Ingredients: Apples, blackberry concentrate, natural peach flavour,
natural blackberry flavour, lime oil, sulphites

Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 473ml (can)
Availability: Collective Arts Online and retail stores
Flavour: Blackberry & Peach
Colour: Translucent, purplish-red
Carbonation: Medium, infrequent bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Sweet blackberries with some tart notes. Some peach pit notes.
Initial Taste: Light bite carbonation. Some tart blackberry and a hint of sweet peach and dessert apples that dissipate quickly.
After Taste: Apple removed leaving tangy blackberry with mild peach pit note. Most of the experience is in the aftertaste.  Some sticky notes in the mouth from blackberry. Mild underlying notes from lime oil.
On ice: Carbonation greatly reduced, much more juice like.

Additional Notes: The Blackberry & Peach by Collective Arts Cider is a cider without much apple elements.  Dominated by tart and then tangy blackberries, it’s supported by fresh peach elements and are noticeable especially when you think of them. Little apple, it reminds us more of a mixed cocktail, especially due to the soft carbonation.  

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 2.5
Sour – 4
Crisp – 3
Dry – 3
Fruity – 4.5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – County Cider – Blackberry Peach
More Sour – Beaver Valley – Bumbleberry
More Dry – Howell Road – Blackberry Pear
More Crisp – Hard Way – Ramboozle

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Howell Road – Blackberry Pear

Cider Profile:

Name: Howell Road – Blackberry Pear
Sampled January 2021

Brand: Howell Road Cider Co./Brantview Apples
Type: Perry – Flavoured
Location of Brewing: St. George, Ontario
ABV: 6.7%
Website Link: brantviewapples.com
Ingredients: Pears, blackberry, sulphites
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available:473ml (can)
Availability: Via Howell Road online and retail store
Flavour: Pear & blackberry
Colour:  Cloudy, deep-burgundy
Carbonation: Small, infrequently streaming bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Light aroma. Floral, with some tart blackberries and bright pear.
Initial Taste: Light bite from carbonation. Acidic and tart with creamy pear and some sour blackberries. Dank and dry.
After Taste: Long-lingering with more blackberry appearing and some funky elements as it becomes less acidic.  Becomes slightly sweeter and light for the palate.
On ice: Less carbonation, less flavour. Slightly smoother.

Additional Notes:  The Blackberry Pear by Howell Road starts funky and acidic becoming slightly brighter and more blackberry focused. It certainly surprised us as we expected a sweeter experience. With a heavier mouthfeel, it has long lingering flavours with some dank elements (not negative!).  Pear starts somewhat present but dissipates pretty quickly – leaving a lot of non-fruit elements, along with the blackberry focus to finish. Unfiltered with a lot of trub/particles.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 2
Sour – 3.5
Crisp – 2
Dry – 3.5
Fruity – 4 

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – County – Blackberry Peach
More Sour – Revel – Prosthetic Conscience 
More Dry – Beaver Valley – Dry Pear Cider
More Crisp – Coffin Ridge – Lavender Earl Grey Pear Cider

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McAdam – Dark Fruits

Cider Profile:

Name: McAdam – Dark Fruits
Sampled September 2020

Brand:  McAdam Cidre Urbain
Type: Flavoured – Mixed Berry
Location of Brewing: Montreal, QC
ABV: 4.7%
Website Link: Mcauslan.com
Ingredients: Apple juice, blackcurrant and blackberry juice, carbon dioxide, sulphites
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A 

Size(s) available: 473ml (can)
Availability: Various locations around Quebec.
Flavour: Mixed berry
Colour:  Translucent deep red
Carbonation: Fine, streaming bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Semi-tart apples with blackberry, tart blackcurrant and hints of raspberry
Initial Taste: Medium bite from carbonation. Apple forward with semi-sweet, semi-tart apples. Punchy berry notes.
After Taste: Becomes sour and even more berry forward after a few seconds, with some earthy elements. Longer lingering with apple flavours returning with a thick mouthfeel. Almost has some black cherry notes.
On ice: Thinner on ice, less carbonation.

Additional Notes: The Dark Fruit (Fruits Noirs) by McAdam Cidre Urban has a gorgeous red colour and a lot of fruits packed in it.  Starting apple forward, very punchy and fruit-heavy upfront – it quickly becomes berry focused. Thins out quickly – unbalanced berry notes comparing the start and finish. Dryness and tartness from blackcurrants noticeable, along with some other earthy and tannic notes.  

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 3
Sour – 3.5
Crisp – 2.5
Dry – 3
Fruity – 4

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More Sweet –
More Sour –
More Dry – 
More Crisp – 

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Ernest – Bumbleberry

Cider Profile:

Name: Ernest – Bumbleberry
Sampled May 2020

Brand: Ernest Cider Co.
Type:
Flavoured – mixed berries
Location of Brewing:
Newmarket, ON
ABV:
6%
Website Link:
ernestcider.com
Ingredients:
Apples, organic cane sugar, blackberry juice, cranberry juice, raspberry juice, blueberry juice, strawberry juice, purple carrot juice (for colour) natural flavours, potassium sorbate, malic acid, Sulphites.
Gluten Free:
Yes
Sugar Content: 25 g/L

Size(s) available: 473mL (Can)
Availability: 
LCBO and Ernest Online Store
Flavour:
Mixed berries
Colour:
Dark Ruby-Red
Carbonation:
Small, frequently streaming bubbles.



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma of sweet, dark fruit/berry blend. Cordial-like notes.
Initial Taste: Mild bite from acidity and carbonation.  Starts off very slowly and light, building from a slightly sweet apple base to become more berry focused, especially blackberries and strawberries.
After Taste: Mixed berries become very prevalent, bursting with flavour, dominating the palate. Becomes thicker and sweeter as time grows.  Leaves a thick mouthfeel. Lingers awhile, ends on sweet dark fruit notes.
On ice: Carbonation is cut and it’s slightly thinner.

Additional Notes: A different type of cider, The Bumbleberry by Ernest is a blend of Blackberry, Cranberry, Raspberry, Blueberry and Strawberry. It starts light but it gets incredibly full-bodied and thick. More juice-like than apple cider in our opinions, the berries taste unfiltered and undiluted. Sweet and coating in the mouth, its not very sessionable – probably one at a time for dessert is ideal.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 4.5
Sour – 3
Crisp – 1.5
Dry – 2.5
Fruity – 5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Heritage Estate – Eden’s Apple Strawberry
More Sour – Muskoka Lakes – Cliff Jump Cranberry
More Dry – Heartwood – Currant Affair
More Crisp – Pommies – Red Sangria

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County – Blackberry Peach

Cider Profile:

Name:   County Cider – Blackberry Peach
Sampled June 2019

Brand: County Cider Co.
Type: Flavoured – Blackberry and Peach
Location of Brewing:
Picton, ON
ABV:
6.5%
Website Link:
countycider.com
Ingredients:
Cider, natural peach and blackberry flavour, sulphites
Gluten Free:
Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 500ml (glass bottle)
Availability:
County Retail and in select bars
Flavour:
Peach and Blackberry
Colour:  
Straw yellow
Carbonation:
Large, semi-streaming bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong sweet peach aroma –  with some blackberry and sweet apple.
Initial Taste: Mild sensation and bite from carbonation and acidity.  Sweet apples, with peach overtaking and becoming most dominant.  Blackberry is noticeable, but more of an undertone here.
After Taste:  Slight tartness from blackberry, which the flavour is much more present in the aftertaste.  Lingers a long time, leaves a slight sugar residue in the mouth.
On ice: Thinner, but similar flavour.

Additional Notes:  A very juicy and fruit forward cider, the Country Blackberry and peach starts off sweet and peachy, and finishes more with the blackberry flavour.  It’s sweet – more so than other County offerings – and very full flavoured/full bodied. Perfect to quench a thirst under the rays of the blaring sun.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 4
Sour – 2
Crisp – 3.5
Dry – 3
Fruity – 4.5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Brickworks – Stadium Island Peach
More Sour – 401 Cider – Peach 
More Dry – Hinterland – Sparkling Cherry Cider
More Crisp – Ernest – Impeachment

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