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Loch Mór – Pommeau  

Cider Profile:

Name: Loch Mór Cider Co. – Pommeau
Sampled December 2020

Brand:  Loch Mór Cider Co.
Type:
Apple – Pommeau
Location of Brewing:
Hillier, ON
ABV:
18.5%
Website Link:
lochmorcider.com
Ingredients:
N/A
Gluten Free:
N/A
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 375ml (bottle)
Availability:
Loch Mór Cider online + retail stores
Flavour:
Apple
Colour:  
Translucent, golden rod yellow
Carbonation:
Some small bubbles on the glass, not streaming.



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Sweet caramelized, somewhat astringent apple with some thick/syrupy notes.
Initial Taste: Minimal bite with medium astringency. Strong caramelized apple, slightly pulpy and pungent. Thick mouthfeel. Sweet and smooth. Some early earthy and oaky notes.
After Taste: Astringency and oaky notes dissipate, finishes very natural and apple forward. Some film but does not linger long compared to other fortified ciders. Sweet, lingering finish.
On ice: Carbonation and astringency removed (much cleaner). Less tangy. Thinner mouthfeel. Large changes vs off-ice.

Additional Notes:  The Pommeau by Loch Mór Cider Co. is caramel-forward, smooth and slightly astringent, that equals an easy drinking fortified cider experience. With a thick, syrupy mouthfeel, its rich and bold, and will hit the spot for days you need something stronger and more robust.  Almost like two different drinks with the use of ice. If you like Normandy-style ciders and/or Ontario/Quebec ice ciders, you will probably like this. Great winter drinking but at 18.5% it does sneak up on you quick, so we recommend slow sipping this one.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 4
Sour – 3
Crisp – 2.5
Dry – 2.5
Fruity – 4.5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – 
More Sour – County Cider – Prince Edward County Ice Cider
More Dry – Twin Pines – Hammer Bent Organic
More Crisp – Rosewood – Legacy Cyser (2017)

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Louis de Lauriston – Pommeau de Normandie

Cider Profile:

Name: Louis de Lauriston – Pommeau de Normandie
Sampled August 2019

Brand:  Louis de Lauriston
Type:
Pommeau
Location of Brewing:
Domfront, France
ABV:
17%
Website Link:
http://m.calvados-lauriston.com
Ingredients:
Apple Juice, Calvados
Gluten Free:
Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 700ml (Bottle)
Availability:
LCBO Vintages 2019 (Special Order) via Slate Chalk Gravel
Flavour:
Apple
Colour:  
Rust, hazy
Carbonation:
None visible, still



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong astringent aroma. Syrupy, sour and sweet apples.
Initial Taste: Harsh bite from acidity. Strong ,sharp musty apples with some semi-sweet notes
After Taste: Lingers a long time. Becomes smoother and sweeter at the end but still has lingering astringency.  Has a film-like mouth feel.
On ice: Lighter, less astringent but also less flavourful.

Additional Notes:  Pommeaus are a mix between the apple based liquor style Calvados and apple juice (at around 50/50). The Louis de Lauriston is musty and astringent but easier to drink than a straight calvados.  It’s still, long lasting and quite flavourful.  Reminds us of a thick, natural, non-alcoholic, non-filtered cider.  Fresh tasting.  Nice as an aperitif or a digestif.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 3
Sour – 3.5
Crisp – 1.5
Dry – 3.5
Fruity – 3

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Great Cider – Ice Cider
More Sour – 
More Dry – Calvados Boulard – Pays d’auge
More Crisp – 

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