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County – Elderflower Sour

Cider Profile:

Name: County – Elderflower Sour
Sampled October 2020

Brand:  County Cider Co.
Type: Flavoured – Elderflower
Location of Brewing: Picton, ON
ABV: 6.5%
Website Link: countycider.com
Ingredients: Cider and natural flavours. Sulphites
Gluten Free: N/A
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 500ml (bottle)
Availability: Limited – County retail + online stores
Flavour: Elderflower
Colour:  Transparent light yellow
Carbonation: Large streaming bubbles


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Earthy elderflower. Tart apple. Hop-like notes. Citrus.
Initial Taste: Medium bite. Quickly sour and tart. Pungent elements. Funky apple. Earthy floral notes. Acetic elements. Tastes dry-hopped.
After Taste: Floral aspects become slightly sweeter, becoming more elderflower defined. Sourness slowly weakens. Orange and citrusy undertones. 
On ice: Slightly smoother, no flavour change.

Additional Notes:  The County Elderflower Sour is not what we were expecting or remember having it on tap in 2019. A depth of sourness, its got some acetic and pungent aspects and is long lingering. The floral flavour is rather earthy and generic at least first, becoming more elderflower focused into the aftertaste. Funky apples, little sweetness to them. Decently dry, almost dank at moments and could be puckering for some. A very strong deviation from most of the County flavoured offerings. The flavour reminds us of some dry-hopped ciders. A good choice for sour beer fans.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Thornbury – Blueberry Elderflower Sour
More Sour – Steeltown – Northman Sour
More Dry – 
More Crisp – Grey & Gold – Wildflower Cider

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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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Clafeld – Elderflower Cider & Wine

Cider Profile:

Name:  Clafeld Elderflower Cider & Wine
Sampled October 2017

Brand: Clafeld Fruit Winery and Cidery
Type:
Flavoured
Location of Brewing: Picton, Ontario
ABV: 9%
Website Link:
Ingredients: Fermented apple and grape juice, dried elderflower, sulphites, potassium sorbate
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 473mL (cans)
Availability:
All year – retail store and online
Flavour:
Elderflower
Colour:
Very pale yellow – almost clear
Carbonation:
Medium infrequent bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium sweet apple w/ floral and white wine notes
Initial Taste: Mild to medium bite. Sweet and smooth. Strong elderflower flavour with sweet apple notes.
After Taste: Continuing elderflower flavours. Mild astringency. Some fermentation notes. Lingering floral flavours. Semi-dry, white wine finish.
On ice: Carbonation is cut. Ice cuts the flavour slightly. Becomes more astringent on ice.

Additional Notes:  Clafeld’s Elderflower is a light cider offering, which has a very natural elderflower flavour that is not too overpowering. Strong wine presence, that has light apple and floral notes. Semi-dry finish. Drink this cider fresh, it is not to be aged as we discovered with an older version we had let sit for a while.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 3
Sour – 2
Crisp – 2.5
Dry – 3
Fruity – 3

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – County Peach Cider
More Sour – 401 Cider Orchard Blend
More Dry – Tawse Sparkling
More Crisp – Clafeld Rose Hip Cider

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