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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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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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Duxbury – Pomme D’Eau

Cider Profile:

Name:   Duxbury – Pomme D’Eau
Sampled April 2020

Brand: Duxbury Cider Co.
Type:
Apple – Spritzer
Location of Brewing: Meaford, ON
ABV:
3.2%
Website Link:
duxburycider.ca
Ingredients:  
Ontario apples, sulphites
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: 30g/L

Size(s) available: 473mL (Can)
Availability:
Duxbury Online Store + Better Beverage Bars
Flavour:
Apple
Colour:
Translucent, very light yellow.
Carbonation:
Semi-frequently large streaming bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Light aroma. Tangy crisp, sweeter apples. Some tonic and fermentation notes.
Initial Taste: Light bite from carbonation. Light, sweet and crisp apple.
After Taste: As the apple dissipates, it becomes more tonic-like in taste. Apple is smooth, clean but mild.
On ice: Carbonation is cut dramatically.

Additional Notes: This unique blend from Duxbury Cider mixes sweet and crisp apples with the very popular tonic water/spritzer trend.  It’s smooth, easy to drink and goes from apple to more like flavoured water in the taste journey.  Its intentionally light at 3.2% and easy to drink.  Does not have the tonic water harshness you often get with some alcoholic spritzers. It’s very balanced. 50/50 split between a cider and a spritzer.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Fielding – Dry Craft Cider
More Sour – Ardiel – Big John Hopped Cider
More Dry – Liberty Village – Extra Dry Cider
More Crisp – Front Road – Lakeside Cider

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Brickworks – Spritz Hibiscus Lime

Cider Profile:

Name:   Brickworks – Spritz Hibiscus Lime
Sampled May 2020

Brand: Brickworks Ciderhouse
Type:
Flavoured – Hibiscus and Lime
Location of Brewing: Toronto, ON
ABV:
4%
Website Link:
theciderhouse.ca
Ingredients:  
Cider, carbonated water, hibiscus, lime zest
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: 2g/L (LCBO) / 0g (Can)

Size(s) available: 473mL (Can)
Availability:
LCBO and Brickworks Ciderhouse
Flavour:
Hibiscus and Lime
Colour:
Deep ruby red
Carbonation:
Appears almost still. Very infrequently streaming bubbles




Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Tangy lime zest with some floral hibiscus. Slightly woody/dank/earthy.
Initial Taste: Medium sensation from carbonation that is tonic-like 0- including taste. Quick, deep hibiscus flavour. Tangy lime zest and some crisp apples.
After Taste: Deep floral, bouquet hibiscus flavour continues the same. Tonic notes amplify and end on those. Mild lime zest lingers but overall not long lingering.
On ice: Thinner mouth-feel and less carbonation. Reduced lime tanginess, apple crispness, and hibiscus grittiness.

Additional Notes: The Brickworks Hibiscus and Lime Spritzer, while it has apple cider in the drink, is really not a cider. From the start, it has that tonic spritzer base that you can taste and feel, and it also ends strongly that way. The drink has a very earthy, natural hibiscus flavour so if you don’t like hibiscus in other drinks like tea, you will not like this. The lime zest adds a unique zippy, tangy character that lights up the natural tonic and hibiscus flavours. Fits well into the emerging category of hard seltzers, with a more fruit-based, juice-like twist.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 1.5
Sour – 3.5
Crisp – 3.5
Dry – 2.5
Fruity – 3.5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Reinhart – Strawberry Hibiscus Cider
More Sour – Clafeld – Rose Hip Cider
More Dry – Hard Way – Ramboozle
More Crisp – Eden Grove – Hibiscus Blossom

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