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Spirit Tree – Apple Cranberry Cider Spritzer

Cider Profile:

Name:   Spirit Tree – Apple Cranberry Cider Spritzer
Sampled February 2020

Brand: Spirit Tree Estate Cidery
Type:
Apple – Light
Location of Brewing:
Caledon, ON
ABV:
2.5%
Website Link:
spirittreecider.ca
Ingredients:
Carbonated apple cider, cranberry juice, potassium sorbate
Gluten Free:
Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 750mL (bottle)
Availability:
At Spirit Tree retail store
Flavour:
Apple + Cranberry
Colour:
Transparent, Rose gold
Carbonation:
Small, frequently streaming bubbles. Some foam, especially when poured.



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Sweet rosé aroma with some must. Some apple and cranberry notes.
Initial Taste: No bite but slightly tingly. Quickly sweet with some acidity. Tart but mellow cranberry flavours quickly noticeable. Sweet apple flavours quite prominent. Somewhat tangy.
After Taste: Cranberry and apple flavours continue strong. Remains sweet. Slight mustiness and earthy notes. Crisp, light finish.
On ice: Thins out drink. Makes it more watery/juice-like.

Additional Notes: Spirit Tree’s Apple Cranberry Cider Spritzer is exactly as promised. Its light in feel but not in taste. With a mostly singular flavour journey, it starts similar to how to it finishes. Very full bodied, it is slightly tart from the cranberries – with the apples adding the sweetness. A tingly, light carbonation fit well into the spritzer scheme of alcoholic drinks. At 2.5%, it is unique amongst current cider offerings in Ontario and could be a more responsible choice.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – County – Feral Cider
More Sour – Beaver Valley – Cranberry Cider
More Dry – Rice Lake Cider – Cranberry Dry
More Crisp – Thornbury – Cranberry Apple Cider

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Fielding Craft – Cherry Rosé Cider

Cider Profile:

Name: Fielding Craft – Cherry Rosé Cider
Sampled August 2020

Brand:  Fielding Wines Limited
Type: Flavoured – Rosé
Location of Brewing: Beamsville, ON
ABV: 4.5%
Website Link: fieldingwines.com
Ingredients: N/A
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 473ml (can)
Availability: Fielding Retail Store + Online
Flavour: Rosé + Cherry
Colour:  Transparent, deep pink
Carbonation: Small, sparsely streaming bubbles


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Maraschino cherry with tart apple. Mild astringency.
Initial Taste: Mild bite. Crisp apple notes forward. Slightly tart, mildly acidic. Mild cherry hints.
After Taste: Apple flavour remains but cherry flavour grows. Cherry notes are tangy and candied. Generic floral hints. Off-dry finish that is smooth. Some tonic elements.
On ice: Reduced carbonation. More crisp but less flavour and body overall.

Additional Notes:  The Cherry Rosé Cider by Fielding does distinguish itself from other rosé ciders on the market with its candied, slightly tart maraschino cherry flavour. It’s very apple in the front, with tart apple flavours dominating at the beginning. You don’t get the cherry and mild floral notes until near the finish. Very sessionable, both in terms of alcohol content (4.5%) and ease of consumption.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Thornbury – Rosé
More Sour – Bonnieheath – Folk’n Hard Cherry Bomb
More Dry – Hinterland – Cherry Cider
More Crisp – Pommies – Red Sangria Cider

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No Boats on Sunday – Dry Rosé

Cider Profile:

Name:   No Boats on Sunday – Dry Rosé Cider
Sampled May 2020

Brand: No Boats on Sunday
Type:
Apple – Rosé
Location of Brewing: Grimsby, ON
ABV:
5%
Website Link:
noboatscider.com
Ingredients:  
Apple cider, water, wine, glucose-fructose, malic acid, potassium sorbate, potassium metabisulphite, natural flavour (hops)
Gluten Free: N/A
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 500mL (bottle)
Availability:
The Wine Shop (Ontario)
Flavour:
Rosé
Colour:
Bright rose gold pink
Carbonation:
Large, very infrequently streaming bubbles


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:
Smell:
Medium aroma. Candied strawberry and floral. Watermelon notes. Some light wine aspects.
Initial Taste: Medium bite from carbonation. Quick sweet apples, with mild sour apple notes that emerge.
After Taste: Candied fruit flavours really begin to pop that include strawberry and watermelon. Slight astringency from wine. Floral bouquet bits. Sweet finish, dry mouth-feel with slight filmy coat.
On ice: Thinner, less gritty mouth-feel. Mild flavour reduction.

Additional Notes: The Dry Rosé from No Boats on Sunday is an Instagram-worthy vivid rose gold pink, with a strong flavour to match. With a bright candied flavour, it features unique strawberry and watermelon notes, among the standard mixed-berries and floral notes you might expect from a rosé cider/wine. Probably not for traditional cider fans but it does pair well with summer and brunch.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Somersby – Rosé
More Sour – Strongbow – Rosé Apple
More Dry – Clafeld – Rose Hip
More Crisp – Brickworks – Rosé Cider

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Rootstock Ciderworks – Rosé Hard Cider (2017)

Cider Profile:

Name: Rootstock Ciderworks – Rose Hard Cider (2017)
Sampled October 2019

Brand: Rootstock Ciderwork (Celk Distilling) & Leonard Oakes Estate Winery
Type:
Apple – Rosé
Location of Brewing:
Williamson, NY
ABV:
7.9%
Website Link:
rootstockciderworks.com
Ingredients:
Blend of Heritage Cider form Rootstock and Rose wine from Leonard Oakes Estate Winery (Rhode Island Greening and Courland Apples, Blaufrankisch Grapes)
Gluten Free:
Yes
Sugar Content: 1.5% RS

Size(s) available: 750ml (bottle)
Availability:
From Rootstock retail store
Flavour:
Rosé
Colour:  
Deep rose
Carbonation:
Almost still, light bubbles.



Cider Crate Tasting Notes

Smell: Medium aroma. Slightly astringent. Candied berries and floral hints
Initial Taste: Light bite from carbonation. Semi acidic with a dry, tart apple.
After Taste: Becomes even drier and tarter, and rather wine-like in the finish. Berry focused with a light, floral tingle at the end.
On ice: Thinner mouthfeel and reduction in flavour, but still remains more flavourful then most rosé ciders.

Additional Notes:  A heavier than most rosé, the Rootstock Ciderworks’ collaboration with Leonard Oakes Estate Winery’s Blaufrankisch is full bodied and a bit tarter than most rosés we’ve had.  It packs a punch at 7.9%, but tastes like it’s a little higher.  Filled with heritage apples, this makes a lot of sense as many other rose’s we have come across are made with solely dessert apples. High in tannins, it’s more wine-like than many commercially-oriented options.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 2
Sour – 3.5
Crisp – 1.5
Dry – 4
Fruity – 4

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Angry Orchard – Rosé Cider
More Sour – Graft – Fields and Flowers
More Dry – 
More Crisp – 1911 – Tropical Cider

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Somersby – Rose

Cider Profile:

Name:   Somersby – Rose
Sampled August 2019

Brand: Somersby (Carlsberg Canada Inc)
Type:
Apple
Location of Brewing:
Falkenberg, Denmark
ABV:
4.5%
Website Link:
somersbycider.com
Ingredients:
water, apple wine (water, sugar, apple juice concentrate), sugar, apple juice concentrate, carbon dioxide, citric acid (acidifier), natural flavours, potassium sorbate, colours (Caramel carmines, anthocyanins)  
Gluten Free:
Yes
Sugar Content: 72 g/LSize(s) available: 500ml Can
Availability:
LCBO
Flavour: Apple
Colour:
Translucent rose-gold.
Carbonation:
Large, infrequently streaming bubbles.


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Semi-strong, pungent extra ripe fruit.
Initial Taste: Medium bite that dissipates quickly. Becomes very sugary and fruit forward.  Almost crunchy from the sugar elements. Caddied floral notes present.
After Taste: Some filmy notes, Finishes with strawberry and other berries. Extra sweet finish but not overly long lasting.
On ice: Slightly less sugary on ice.

Additional Notes: Somersby Rose is a very commercial version of the popular trend for ciders.  Its light, very sugar forward (at 72g/l one of the highest we have seen) and cocktail like.  Those who are a fan of the line might enjoy a slight variation to the original. We suggest it on ice (with most of the other Somersby) to help cut the sweetness.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet –TBA
More Sour – TBA
More Dry – TBA
More Crisp – TBA

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Clafeld – Rose Hip

Cider Profile:

Name:   Clafeld – Rose Hip
Sampled June 2018

Brand: Clafeld Fruit Winery and Cider House
Type:
Flavoured – Rose Hip
Location of Brewing: Picton, ON
ABV: 8%
Website Link: clafeldciderhouse.com
Ingredients: Fermented apple, grape and cranberry juice, sugar, dried rosehips, dried rose petals, sulphites, potassium sorbate.
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 473mL (cans)
Availability:
Retail store and online store
Flavour:
Rose Hip
Colour:
Rosé pink/red.
Carbonation:
Large, non-streaming bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Sweet, dry apple with hints of rosé wine. Also floral in nature.
Initial Taste: Light bite from acidity. Slightly puckering sour with strong floral flavours. Dry apple notes.
After Taste: Remains slightly sour and is astringent. Rose flavour becomes more defined and stronger. Dry finish with many rosé wine features.
On ice: Carbonation and acidity slightly reduced. Rose flavour remains the same.

Additional Notes: Clafeld’s Rosehip Cider is a good rosé wine alternative. This cider features a strong bouquet of floral flavours – with rose notes being very forward and full-bodied. A quite dry cider, it is a mature offering that would also appeal to wine drinkers.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 3
Sour – 3.5
Crisp – 2
Dry – 4
Fruity – 3.5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Brickworks – Rosé Cider
More Sour – Pommies Cranberry Cider
More Dry – Spirit Tree – Pear with Lavender Cider
More Crisp – Collective Arts – Local Press

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CID – Rose Sparkling

Cider Profile:

Name: CID Rose Carbonated Sparkling Cider | CID Cidre mousseux gazéifié
Sampled on: March 2016

Brand: Les vergers de la colline
Type: Apple – Dry
Location of Brewing: Sainte-Cécile de Milton, Quebec
ABV: 6.5%
Website Link: lesvergersdelacolline.com
Ingredients: n/a
Gluten Free: n/a
Sugar Content: n/aSize(s) available: 355ml Glass Bottle (4Pack)
Availability: Le Marché des Brasseurs d’Ici and other Quebec Bottle Shops, Pubs and Restaurants
Flavour: Apple
Colour: Pale/Rose pink
Carbonation: Tiny bubbles that constantly stream.

 



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell:  Light apple smell, slightly musky. Tannin’s provide a smell that is astringent and like a wine.
Initial Taste:  Bitter and sour floral tastes. Musty and earthy, with slight hints of raspberry.
Aftertaste: Turns more tart than sour. Dry flavour with apple flavours emerging. Hints of malt flavours.
On Ice: Adds some carbonation, bigger bubbles. Big difference for flavour, ice weakens the bitterness and is less sour. Becomes sweeter with more fruity flavours.

Additional Notes: A more upscale wine-type of cider that would pair well with a romantic meal. You can tell it has been aged for a long period, because of the earthy, musty flavour. Floral, pretty sour and dry.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – TBA
More Sour – TBA
More Dry – TBA
More Crisp – TBA