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Busl – Quran·TEA·ne

Cider Profile:

Name: Busl – Quran·TEA·ne
Sampled February 2021

Brand:  Busl Cider
Type: Flavoured – Tea
Location of Brewing: Mallorytown, ON
ABV: 5%
Website Link: buslcider.com
Ingredients: Cider, hibiscus tea, raspberry juice,
sugar, honey sulphites

Gluten Free: N/A
Sugar Content: N/A 

Size(s) available: 750ml (bottle)
Availability: Busl online + retail stores
Flavour: Hibiscus and raspberry
Colour: Transparent flamingo pink
Carbonation: Large bubbles, very infrequently streaming


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Light aroma. Mild tart raspberry and semi-floral notes. Sweet green apple.
Initial Taste: Minimal bite. Floral bouquet of hibiscus flavour. Sweet apple – red and green varieties – with mild tart aspects.
After Taste: Hibiscus continues but raspberry starts to develop more, is sweet and natural. Clean finish.
On ice: Minimal change in flavour or mouthfeel.

Additional Notes:  Busl’s Quaran·tea·ne is a great excuse to stay home and drink instead. With a very floral and forward hibiscus flavour from the start, it is balanced and never too heavy on the flavour journey. A candied, sweeter raspberry comes out in the aftertaste that cleans out of the mouth well. It has a minimal carbonation that doesn’t distract or influence the natural flavours. Not too much tea noticeable but more so has the mouthfeel of an iced tea.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Reinhart’s – Strawberry Hibiscus
More Sour – Steel Town – Daga Carmesi
More Dry – East Street – Harvest Botantical
More Crisp – Stock & Row – Cold Tea

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Revel – Prosthetic Conscience

Cider Profile:

Name: Revel – Prosthetic Conscience
Sampled October 2020

Brand: Revel Cider Co.
Type: Perry – Flavoured
Location of Brewing: Guelph, ON
ABV: 5.5%
Website Link: revelcider.com
Ingredients: N/A
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 355mL (can)
Availability: Revel online + retail stores
Flavour: Pear + hibiscus + brett
Colour: Cloudy grapefruit w/ darker sediment
Carbonation: Small, streaming bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Very earthy and astringent with some sweet floral notes. Some hops-like notes. Brett pungency.
Initial Taste: Medium bite from acidity and some carbonation. Quick flavour of a pungent hibiscus with earthy and woody notes.  Brett flavour and sensation is forceful. Slightly bitter and mild tart.  Hoppy-esque flavours.
After Taste: Hibiscus becomes a bit more sweet with brett lingering. Pear flavour makes a decent appearance near the finish. Saline and funky aspects. Drier, creamier ending.
On ice: Carbonation is reduced. Less pungent, more smooth to consume.

Additional Notes: Revel’s hibiscus perry Prosthetic Conscience is a unique, funky creation that is heavy on the Brett but also on the other flavours. With more forceful elements in the front, it has smoother and creamier flavours to finish, with the pear and the hibiscus becoming sweeter. Brett elements would make this appeal to farmhouse beer drinkers, and we believe that is what makes it tastes hopped as well.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 2
Sour – 3.5
Crisp – 2.5
Dry – 4
Fruity – 3.5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – County – Pear Cider
More Sour – Sprit Tree – Pear with Lavender
More Dry – Clafeld – Rosehip Cider
More Crisp – Brickworks – The Purple Road

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East Street – Snow Day

Cider Profile:

Name: East Street – Snow Day
Sampled November 2020

Brand: East Street Cider Co.
Type: Flavoured – Mixed
Location of Brewing: Godritch, ON
ABV: 5.9%
Website Link: eaststreetcider.com
Ingredients: N/A
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content:  N/A

Size(s) available: 355ml (can)
Availability: East Street online and retail stores
Flavour: Plum, cardamom, cinnamon, hibiscus, ginger
Colour: Transparent peach
Carbonation: Large, semi-streaming bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Floral and spiced juicy plum. Sweet apple and spicy notes.
Initial Taste: Light bite from carbonation. Smooth sweet dessert apple that is juicy but not sugary. Spiced plum is strong and inviting. Some floral, hibiscus elements.
After Taste: Becomes less apple flavoured and turns a little creamy.  Spiced notes quickly peak and then dissipate resulting in a slightly more dry and spiced finished.  Slight ginger elements at the end.
On ice: Reduce spiced notes dramatically.

Additional Notes:  The Snow Day by East Street Cider Co. continues with the very full-bodied. mixed-flavours typically found in East Street offerings. It’s sweet but not sugary, a lot of flavour with spices that are present the whole journey.  A lot of depth in this, it’s best to not add ice in order to get the full effect of all the flavours. Very festive and delightful. Plum is unique, authentic and on par with seasonal sugar plum offerings that appear around the holidays. Spices are rich, warming and well balanced. 

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Thornbury – Spiced Apple
More Sour – Revel – Ostara Lilac
More Dry – Beaver Valley – Cranberry
More Crisp – Shale Ridge – Cranberry Spice

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East Street – Harvest Botanical

Cider Profile:

Name: East Street – Harvest Botanical
Sampled November 2020

Brand: East Street Cider Co.
Type: Flavoured – Mixed
Location of Brewing: Godritch, ON
ABV: 6%
Website Link: eaststreetcider.com
Ingredients: N/A
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content:  N/A

Size(s) available: 355ml (can)
Availability: East Street Online and Retail stores
Flavour: Hibiscus, Lemongrass and rose hip
Colour: Orange-rose gold
Carbonation: Small streaming bubbles


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Pulpy fresh apples. Floral notes. Lemongrass provides a bit of herb notes.
Initial Taste: Medium bite from carbonation. Semi-tart apple with some mild bitter notes. Some lemongrass elements with the bitter notes.  Floral present with hibiscus and rose and orange elements.
After Taste: Tartness reduces and becomes more apple and floral in nature. Some fruit punch notes. Mild spice undertones that show up more in the aftertaste, including cinnamon.
On ice: Reduced carbonation. Relatively unchanged.

Additional Notes:  The Harvest Botanical by East Street Cider Co. offers an amped up fruit medley but still has some strong, classic apple cider elements. A blend of apple, hibiscus, rose, orange, cinnamon, all equals a delicious medley of flavours. A lot of flavour and different elements that make this bright and pop. Drier as time goes on, with more spice elements in the aftertaste. Can adapt to any type of the year (thankfully, it’s available if not sold out, all year!)

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Thornbury – Blood Orange
More Sour – County – Feral Cider
More Dry – Beaver Valley – Cranberry
More Crisp – Pommies – Red Sangria

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Reinhart’s – Strawberry Hibiscus  

Cider Profile:

Name: Reinhart’s – Strawberry Hibiscus
Sampled June 2020

Brand:  Reinhart’s Foods Ltd
Type:
Flavoured – Strawberry and Hibiscus
Location of Brewing:
Stayner, ON
ABV:
5%
Website Link:
reinhartscider.ca
Ingredients
: Fresh pressed apple juice, strawberry concentrate, natural flavours, hibiscus, sulphites
Gluten Free
: N/A
Sugar Content: 18g/L

Size(s) available: 473ml (Can)
Availability:
LCBO 
Flavour:
Strawberry
Colour:  
Transparent, dark ruby-red
Carbonation:
Medium, very infrequently streaming bubbles



 

Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Sweet dessert apples blended evenly with muddled strawberries.
Initial Taste: Slight bite from acidity, rather smooth and creamy apple with some tangy and acetic strawberry.  Has some floral hibiscus notes but not overpowering.
After Taste: Apple flavour reduces and becomes more of a fresh and creamy strawberry. Become drier, and does not linger too long on the palate.
On ice: Reduced carbonation, tanginess and less juicy.

Additional Notes:  The Strawberry Hibiscus by Reinhart’s is an interesting blend of dessert apples with some acetic and muddled Strawberries to start.  It finishes cleaner than it starts, and has almost a strawberry tart element to it.  Fresh but not over-ripe strawberries with minimal hibiscus, it has a lot of forward flavour.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 3.5
Sour – 3
Crisp – 2
Dry – 2.5
Fruity – 4.5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Eden Grove – Hibiscus Blossom
More Sour – Brickworks – Spritz Hibiscus Lime
More Dry – Clafeld – Rose Hip Cider
More Crisp – Heritage Estates – Eden’s Apple Strawberry

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Eden Grove – Hibiscus Blossom

Cider Profile:

Name:   Eden Grove – Hibiscus Blossom
Sampled May 2020

Brand: Eden Grove
Type:
Flavoured – Floral
Location of Brewing: 
Toronto, ON
ABV:
5.5%
Website Link:
Edengrovecider.com
Ingredients:
Apple juice, hibiscus flower, sulphites
Gluten Free:
Yes
Sugar Content: 36g/L

Size(s) available: 473ml (Can)
Availability:
LCBO
Flavour:
Hibiscus
Colour:  
Bright pale-yellow
Carbonation:
Appears still with the odd large bubble on side of glass


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:


Smell:
Light aroma. Floral perfume with mild light tangy apples.
Initial Taste: Slight bite from carbonation. Some sweet apples notes. Floral notes with more of a base pear-like flavour than apple cider with some tangy notes. Mild ginger hints.
After Taste: Becomes more metallic and perfume-flavoured. Ends sweet with little apple flavour and more generic floral notes as you finish the drink.
On ice: Flavour slightly reduced.

Additional Notes:  A light offering, the Hibiscus Blossom by Eden Grove is more like a fruit and floral perfume infused water.  It’s got some generic floral notes- not particularly hibiscus in nature – and although apple based, doesn’t feature much apple juice flavour. Has some characteristics of the Perry offering by Eden Grove.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 2.5
Sour – 2
Crisp – 3.5
Dry – 2
Fruity – 3

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Reinharts – Hibiscus Strawberry Cider
More Sour – Brickworks – Hibiscus Lime Spritz
More Dry – Clafeld – Rosehip Cider
More Crisp – Duntroon – Raindance Rhubarb

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