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Growers – Field Watermelon Lavender

Cider Profile:

Name: Growers – Field Watermelon Lavender
Sampled March 2021

Brand:  Growers Cider
Type:  Flavoured – Spritzer
Location of Brewing: Niagara Falls, ON
ABV: 4%
Website Link: growerscanada.ca
Ingredients: Carbonated water, cider,
natural flavour, sodium citrate

Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 473ml (can)
Availability: The Wine Rack (Ontario)
Flavour: Watermelon and Lavender
Colour: Transparent, light-yellow
Carbonation: Medium, streaming bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Strong seltzer notes and effervesce. Some watermelon, slight lavender
Initial Taste: Light bite. Strong seltzer/soda water elements. Medium candied watermelon. No apple, but a mild hint of lavender.
After Taste: Cleans out quickly with very little aftertaste but that of being a flavoured water. Slight film
On ice: Flavour and carbonation reduced to minimal profile.

Additional Notes:  The Field Watermelon and Lavender Cider Spritz by Growers is their take on a lightly flavoured cider/sparkling water blend.  We couldn’t detect any apple in this, but it did have a respectable watermelon flavour that was candied. Overall, it’s much closer to spritzer than a cider. Mild lavender adds an intriguing element.  Cleans out pretty quickly. 

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 2.5
Sour – 2
Crisp – 1
Dry – 3
Fruity – 1.5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Brickworks – Batch 1904
More Sour – Pommies – Farmhouse
More Dry – No Boats on Sunday
More Crisp – Thornbury – Original

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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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Revel – All Day

Cider Profile:

Name: Revel – All Day
Sampled November 2020

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

Size(s) available: 750ml (bottle)
Availability: Revel Retail + Online Store
Flavour: Strawberry, lavender, plums
Colour:  Hazy rosy pink with orange hues
Carbonation: Small, infrequently streaming bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Bold lavender. Tart strawberry. Pulpy apple.
Initial Taste: Medium bite from acidity and sourness. Quick and strong lavender. Strawberry is natural and tart, short-lived. Pungency/acetic aspects. Saison-like funk notes.
After Taste: Lavender continues strong, strawberry weakens. Remains sour. Ends on lingering floral lavender notes. Mild plum peaks through at the end. Becomes drier.
On ice: Weakened intensity for the acidity and sourness. Flavours remain the same.

Additional Notes:  The All Day by Revel Cider is a boldly flavoured cider, with lavender being the strongest element from start to finish. Quite sour, a lot of natural tartness comes from the plum and strawberry notes – a burst of strawberry flavour upfront, with plum more near the finish. Mild pulpy apple base carries the other elements. Very reminiscent of a Belgian golden sour beer in taste and intensity. 

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 1.5
Sour – 4.5
Crisp – 2.5
Dry – 4
Fruity – 4.5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Reinharts – Strawberry Hibiscus
More Sour – 
More Dry – 
More Crisp – Crimson Cider – Lavender Buds

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Coffin Ridge – Lavender Earl Grey

Cider Profile:

Name: Coffin Ridge – Lavender Earl Grey
Sampled August 2020

Brand:  Coffin Ridge Boutique Winery Inc
Type: Flavoured – Tea
Location of Brewing: Annan, ON
ABV: 5.5%
Website Link: coffinridge.ca
Ingredients: Pear juice, sugar, Earl Grey tea, lavender Essence, sulphites
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 473ml (can)
Availability: Seasonal – Coffin Ridge retail and online stores
Flavour: Lavender and Tea
Colour:  Transparent light straw-yellow
Carbonation: Large, frequently streaming bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Sweet juicy, candied pear with some lavender.  Earl Grey presents mostly with vanilla notes.
Initial Taste: Light bite from carbonation.  Smooth and juicy pear with some acidity. Some tangy lavender.
After Taste: Becomes more tea focused. Lavender becomes smoother and pear becomes a bit more dulled and acidic.  Finished drier with some tannins from black tea.  Some earthy elements.
On ice: Reduced carbonation and punchiness of pear. Other elements are also reduced.

Additional Notes:  The Lavender Earl Grey by Coffin Ridge has a sweet pear base with balanced elements of earl grey tea and lavender.  Vanilla from the tea lingers and lavender provides a bit of floral notes.  A lot going on, with a more pear flavour than traditionally found in other perries we’ve had.  Sweeter, but not sugary. A creamy offering overall, the Earl Grey makes it London-fog latte like.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – 401 Cider Brewery – Pear Cider
More Sour – Spirit Tree – Pear with Lavender
More Dry – Beaver Valley – Dry Pear
More Crisp – Ardiel – Victoria Pear

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