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Slabtown – Mint Basil

Cider Profile:

Name: Slabtown – Mint Basil
Sampled March 2021

Brand:  Slabtown Cider Co.
Type: Flavoured – Herbed
Location of Brewing: Uxbridge, ON
ABV: 5.6%
Website Link: slabtowncider.com
Ingredients: N/A
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 750ml (bottle)
Availability: Seasonal – Slabtown retail + online stores
Flavour: Mint + Basil
Colour:  Translucent pale yellow
Carbonation: Small frequently streaming bubbles


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Light aroma. Pulpy apple. Hint of earthy herbs.
Initial Taste: Light bite from carbonation but it’s tingly in the mouth. Earthy basil amongst the light, smooth apple base.
After Taste: Mild soothing mint comes through. Apple remains the same but becomes even lighter. Doesn’t linger long.
On ice: Cuts carbonation a lot. Lighter apple presence.

Additional Notes:  Slabtown’s Mint Basil is one of the lightest offerings we’ve had from this cidery thus far. With a smooth, pulpy apple base, you get a bit of earthy basil upfront and some mild smoothing mint near the finish, but it’s not too intense or ‘herby’. A very tingly carbonation in this cider – drink on ice if it is too much for you since it cuts it a lot.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Ernest – Impeachmint
More Sour – Collective Arts – Raspberry Mojito
More Dry – Kings Mill – Mojito
More Crisp – Brickworks – Mint & Basil Cider

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Revel – Maribelle (2020)

Cider Profile:

Name: Revel – Maribelle (2020)
Sampled December 2020

Brand: Revel Cider Co.
Type: Flavoured – Mixed Fruit
Location of Brewing: Guelph, ON
ABV: 6.5%
Website Link: revelcider.ca
Ingredients: Cider, strawberries, organic lemon thyme
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 750ml (bottle)
Availability: Revel retail and online stores. Better Beverage Bars
Flavour: Strawberry and lemon thyme
Colour: Cloudy with crushed pulped strawberries
Carbonation: Medium, semi-streaming bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Acidic strawberry, lemon and funky apple notes.
Initial Taste: Medium bite from carbonation. Tart and acidic strawberries and apples present. Bold sour lemon notes. Almost puckering.
After Taste: Apple and acidity dissipate. Slightly stronger presence of strawberries which are more creamy.  A bit herby notes at the end that are semi-sour in nature.  Leaves the mouth a little dry.
On ice: Slightly less sour.

Additional Notes:  The 2020 version of the Maribelle by Revel Cider Co. is a unique and ‘journey’ cider, with a lot of elements and character.  Colour wise, its a brilliant strawberry red, with visible crushed strawberries.  Acidity and sourness are strong – almost puckering – but still very drinkable with other elements balancing it (earthy notes and strawberry sweetness). More sour lemon at first with crushed, creamy strawberries to finish. Herby punch to it. Little apple. Lots of particles and pulp but it does not impact the experience. 

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 2
Sour – 4.5
Crisp – 1.5
Dry – 3.5
Fruity – 3.5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Reinharts – Strawberry Hibiscus
More Sour – 
More Dry – Beaver Valley – Bumbleberry
More Crisp – Heritage Estates – Eden’s Apple Strawberry

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