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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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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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Revel – Ostara Lilac

Cider Profile

Name: Revel – Ostara Lilac
Sampled August 2020

Brand:  Revel Cider
Type: Flavoured – Plum and Lilac
Location of Brewing: Guelph, ON
ABV: 6.9%
Website Link: revelcider.ca
Ingredients: N/A
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 750mL (bottles)
Availability: Limited – Revel Retail Store + better beverage bars
Flavour: Plum + lilac
Colour:  Light violet with grey hues
Carbonation: Some foam when poured, but then few bubbles.


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Tart plum with light floral aspects. Acetic.
Initial Taste: Strong bite from acidity. Punchy tart plum. Pungent flower taste. Some acetic and bitter notes.
After Taste: Plum becomes smoother, more candied in nature. Lilac really starts to shine here, being light, floral and perfumy.
On ice: Less acetic so smoother and less punchy, but also a reduction in flavour and carbonation.

Additional Notes:  The Ostara: Lilac  from Revel is a very unique offering, starting with the unique purple/grey hue it glows. Its a journey cider, starting off punchy, pungent and strong, with it becoming much smoother and easier to consume near the finish. With a unique floral taste from the lilacs, it goes from pungent and earthy to light and perfumy near the finish. Plum flavour and tartness gets you upfront has similarities to the other plum Ostara offerings in that line – more floral than the other Ostara combinations however.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Coffin Ridge – Lavender Earl Grey
More Sour – Steeltown – Northman Sour
More Dry – Beaver Valley – Bumbleberry
More Crisp – Clafeld – Elderflower Cider

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