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No Boats on Sunday – Mixed Berry

Cider Profile:

Name: No Boats on Sunday – Mixed Berry
Sampled March 2021

Brand: No Boats on Sunday
Type:
Flavoured – Mixed berry
Location of Brewing:
Grimsby, ON
ABV:
5.0%
Website Link:
noboatscider.com
Ingredients:
Apple cider, water, sugar, malic acid, natural flavour, potassium sorbate, potassium metabisulphate, colour
Gluten Free: 
N/A
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 500ml (bottle)
Availability:
The Wine Shop (Ontario)
Flavour:
Mixed berry
Colour:
Translucent fuchsia
Carbonation:
Small, infrequent bubbles.  Appears almost still.



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Fresh, crushed berries with some wine and sweet apples.
Initial Taste: Light bite from carbonation. Light mixed berries (strawberry, raspberry, and some blueberry) with a smooth, dessert apple. Slight alcoholic taste that balances with sweet notes. Very sweet.
After Taste:  Dissipates very quick. Reduction in berry flavours and finishes with a light, sweet, juicy apple flavour that is slightly sweet with a little film in the mouth.
On ice:  Carbonation is cut. Less alcoholic taste.

Additional Notes:  The Mixed Berry by No Boats On Sunday – although not listing berries in the ingredients – is a balance between the apple and berry aspects but not balanced when it comes to the sweet factor, it’s pretty high.  Dessert apple forward, it’s sweet and clean with some red fruit flavours.  A mild alcohol taste but it’s easy to drink for the average consumer.  Sweeter than the rest of the product line with less apple flavour.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Chill Street – Berry Naughty
More Sour – Ernest – Bumbleberry Cider
More Dry – Bulwark – Blush
More Crisp – Heeman’s – Berry Blush

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Brickworks – The Purple Road

Cider Profile:

Name: Brickworks – The Purple Road
Sampled December 2020

Brand:  Brickworks Ciderhouse
Type: Flavoured – Blueberry and Lavender
Location of Brewing: Toronto, ON
ABV: 5.5%
Website Link: theciderhouse.ca
Ingredients: Cider, carbonated water, sugars (apple juice, concentrated
wild blueberry juice, cane sugar), lavender

Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: 27g/L

Size(s) available: 473ml (can)
Availability: LCBO
Flavour: Blueberry and Lavender
Colour:  Translucent rich purple with red hues
Carbonation: Fine streaming bubbles, some light foam



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Rich and tart blueberry. Mild lavender notes.
Initial Taste: Mild bite from carbonation and acidity. Quick strong blueberry. Slightly tangy. Medley of dessert apples are the base of the cider but not very impactful on the flavour.
After Taste: Blueberry becomes smoother and semi-creamy. Lavender lightly appears. Off-dry finish, with mild sour and earthy notes. Hints of vanilla and allspice.
On ice: Thinner mouthfeel. Reduces flavour and blueberry grit. Loses definition.

Additional Notes:  Brickworks’s third Ciderhouse Series Release, the Purple Road delivered on its promised flavours of blueberry and lavender, in particular being very blueberry forward from start to finish. A mild lavender note pokes through near the finish but far from being very floral or perfume-like giving the cider a bit of an earthy edge. A fruity offering that isn’t too sweet. Authentic blueberry flavour that does indeed taste a bit wild, but could be more if it was not filtered.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 2.5
Sour – 3
Crisp – 1.5
Dry – 3.5
Fruity – 4

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Coffin Ridge – Lavender Earl Grey
More Sour – Revel – All Day
More Dry – Crimson Cider –  Lavender Buds
More Crisp – Ernest – Wild Blueberry

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KW Cider – Canadian Shield Berries Rosé

Cider Profile:

Name: KW Cider – Canadian Shield Berries Rosé
Sampled October 2020

Brand: KW Cider Company 
Type: Flavoured – Mixed Berry
Location of Brewing: Kitchener-Waterloo, ON
ABV: 6.3%
Website Link: kwcider.com
Ingredients: Ontario apples, strawberries, blueberries,
raspberries, cranberries, blackcurrant, champagne yeast, cane sugar

Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 473ml (can)
Availability: KW Winter Mixpack (2020 LCBO) + KW Cider Online Store
Flavour: Mixed Berries
Colour: Rose Gold
Carbonation: Large, semi-streaming bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Light aroma. Mixed berries and dessert apples. Stronger on ice.
Initial Taste: Light bite. Balanced mixed berries and dessert apples with a bit of sourness and bitter sharp apple notes. Crisp and clean. Mild wine-like astringency.
After Taste: Becomes more berry-focused as apple dissipates, in particular blackberry and raspberry notes.  Finishes semi-juicy with little alcoholic elements.
On ice: Less carbonation and less overall berry flavour and intensity.

Additional Notes:  The KW Cider Canadian Shield Berry Rosé is a light, sparkling, wine-like cider that is rather crisp and clean. With a mix of multiple types of berries found across Canada, it has some natural sweetness from the fruits. Balanced apples and berries make it light and gives it a rose gold colour. Drinks very much like a rosé wine but is very clean and light bodied.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Thornbury – Rosé Cider
More Sour – Beaver Valley – Bumbleberry Cider
More Dry – Clafeld – Rose Hip Cider
More Crisp – Stock & Row – Cold Tea

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Shale Ridge – Blueberry Hops

Cider Profile:

Name: Shale Ridge – Blueberry Hops
Sampled November 2020

Brand: Shale Ridge Estate Winery
Type: Flavoured – Blueberry + Hops
Location of Brewing: Thedford, ON
ABV: 8%
Website Link: shaleridgewinery.com
Ingredients: N/A
Gluten Free:  Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 750ml (bottles)
Availability: Shale Ridge retail and online store
Flavour: Blueberry + Hops
Colour: Dark rose with hints of purple
Carbonation: Still



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Tart blueberry with hints of orange and lemon. Pulpy apple.
Initial Taste: Mild bite from acidity. Quick natural blueberry that is tart, slightly earthy. Pulpy apple base.
After Taste: Blueberry becomes smoother but remains strong and hops notes come out. Slight astringency. Ends dry with lingering blueberry flavours.
On ice: Slightly less tart and astringent but flavours are the same.

Additional Notes:  Shale Ridge’s Blueberry Hops features two flavours we cannot recall being paired together prior. The blueberry is very natural tasting, slightly tart and slightly creamy. The apple base is bright and pulpy but the blueberry is stronger. The hops are minimal but they add nice citrus undertones. Well balanced and runs more dry overall.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Thornbury – Blueberry Elderflower
More Sour – Steeltown – The Northman Sour
More Dry – Duxbury – Titled Barn
More Crisp – Ernest – Wild Blueberry

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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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Thornbury – Blueberry Elderflower Apple Cider

Cider Profile:

Name:  Thornbury – Blueberry Elderflower Apple Cider
Sampled October 2019

Brand: Thornbury Village Cider House
Type:
Flavoured – Blueberry and Elderflower
Location of Brewing: Thornbury, ON
ABV:
5.1%
Website Link:
thornburycraft.com
Ingredients:  
Apple Cider, fresh pressed apple juice, wild blueberry Juice, sucrose, natural flavours, sulphites.
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: 56 g/L

Size(s) available: 473mL (can)
Availability:
LCBO and Grocery Stores (2019)
Flavour:
Blueberry & Elderflower
Colour:
Translucent, dark rose gold.
Carbonation:
Medium streaming bubbles, some foam that remains.  Less on ice.



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong, sweet berries, candied blueberry and some current.  Elderflower/floral also present with a slight sweet apple. Some tangy/sour elements.
Initial Taste: Mild bite from carbonation with some acidity.  Sweet, creamy and somewhat syrupy fresh blueberry and some dessert apple notes.
After Taste: Fruit flavours continue with the elderflower becoming more present.  Some film finish that lingers. Long lasting, sweet but clean tasting.  Fresh blueberry present for awhile.
On ice: Mild reduction in flavour. Thinner mouth feel, less tangy and sharp.  Less elderflower.

Additional Notes: Thornbury’s Blueberry Elderflower is full flavoured but not heavy.  It’s filled with fresh blueberries and a balanced elderflower taste.  A sweet apple is the base, but does not pull from the overall balance.  Floral, fruity and easy to drink.  If you are interested in going to the extremes from a traditional, drier apple cider, but still like something easy to drink, this might be the one for you.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 4
Sour – 2
Crisp – 2
Dry – 2.5
Fruity – 4

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – County – Feral Cider
More Sour – Pommies – Cranberry
More Dry – Clafeld – Elderflower Wine/Cider blend
More Crisp – Ernest – Wild Blueberry

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