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Heemans – Ambrosia

Cider Profile:

Name: Heemans – Ambrosia
Sampled June 2021

Brand: Heemans Cider
Type: Apple – Sweet
Location of Brewing: Thorndale, ON
ABV: 6%
Website Link: heeman.ca
Ingredients: N/A
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 750ml (bottle)
Availability: Heemans retail + online store
Flavour: Apple
Colour:  Transparent pale yellow
Carbonation: Large semi-streaming bubbles,
with a lot on the glass


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Bright, clean and rustic apple.
Initial Taste: Minimal bite from carbonation. A quick thick and sweet honey and apple that is slightly pulpy, but bright. Floral essences.
After Taste: Apple continues, becomes slightly less sweet. Some underlying bitter hints. Honey comes out strong here. Lingering finish that is mostly clean except for some coating honey.
On ice: Slightly thinner mouthfeel. No flavour change.

Additional Notes:  Heeman’s Ambrosia Cider is a sweeter than anticipated cider, but it’s not sugary, and it is very driven by the Carolinian Honey added – in terms of sweetness, flavour and mouthfeel. The apple base is soft and uplifting, complimenting the heavy honey presence (that is most noticeable in the finish). The cider has some floral and bitter hints, adding to its complexity. 

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – 
More Sour – Coffin Ridge – Forbidden Dry Cider
More Dry – Grey & Gold – Heritage Dry
More Crisp – Thornbury – Honey Crisp Cider

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Shale Ridge – Pear Apple

Cider Profile:

Name: Shale Ridge – Pear Apple
Sampled May 2021

Brand:  Shale Ridge Hard Cider
Type: Flavoured – Pear
Location of Brewing: Thedford, ON
ABV: 6%
Website Link: shaleridgeestatewinery.com
Ingredients: Cider, sulphites
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A 

Size(s) available: 473ml (can)
Availability: Shale Ridge retail + online stores
Flavour: Pear
Colour:  Transparent soft golden yellow
Carbonation: Small, streaming bubbles


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Sugared, candied pear. Pulpy and fleshy apple notes.
Initial Taste: Minimal bite. Smooth, juicy and creamy candied pear flavour – Bartlett-like pear. Sweet dessert apples. Effervescent.
After Taste: Pear becomes slightly more dry but remains juicy. Honey hints. Clean finish that is long lingering. Some film.
On ice: Slightly less sweet.

Additional Notes:  Shale Ridge’s Pear Apple is a sweet and uplifting cider experience. Memories of Japanese pear-flavoured candies come about drinking this. Very candied and juicy, the pear is forward and undeniable, reminding us the most of a Bartlett/Asian pear blend. Apple notes are pulpy and fleshy. A long lingering cider that is clean and crisp. Very refreshing overall. 

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 4
Sour – 2
Crisp – 4
Dry – 2
Fruity – 4.5 

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – County – Pear Flavoured Cider
More Sour – Revel – Prosthetic Conscience
More Dry – Duntroon – Two Parish Perry
More Crisp – Ardiel – Victoria Pear

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Chill Street – Afternoon Delight

Cider Profile:

Name: Chill Street – Afternoon Delight
Sampled February 2021

Brand:  Chill Street Craft Beverage Co.
Type: Apple – Wine-Infused
Location of Brewing: Elmdale, NS
ABV: 7.2%
Website Link: chillstreetcraftbeverageco.com
Ingredients: N/A
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 473ml (can)
Availability: Chill Street retail + online store
Flavour: Peach
Colour: Transparent yellow
Carbonation: Mixed size bubbles, frequently streaming bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium bright aroma. A candied peach with some astringent notes. White grape and slight sweet dessert apple.
Initial Taste: Minimal bite. Smooth, juicy and sweet peach, some light white grape notes and a touch of dessert apples.
After Taste: Apple dissipates, leaving a bright, white grape/peach fruit wine element (minimal traditional riesling notes, even though it is a blend of that).  Non-apple elements linger. Slightly astringent but mild compared to a typical riesling aftertaste. 
On ice: Very little, if any change.

Additional Notes:  Chill Street’s Afternoon Delight is a blended cider/wine drink.  Smooth and more fruit-like than a typical riesling, its got some white grape notes, smooth and juicy peach along with a touch of sweet, dessert apples.   Blended so it remains soft and does not pick up any strong distinct notes from the wine or cider.  Easily could be confused for a Peach fruit wine. Light and easy to drink.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 3.5
Sour – 2.5
Crisp – 4
Dry – 2
Fruity – 4

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – County – Peach
More Sour – Brickworks – Stadium Island Peach
More Dry – Ernest – Impeachmint
More Crisp – 

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Two Blokes – Golden Mile

Cider Profile:

Name: Two Blokes Cider – Golden Mile (Golden Russet)
Sampled March 2021

Brand: Two Blokes Cider
Type: Apple – Single Varietal
Location of Brewing: Port Perry, ON
ABV: 6.5%
Website Link: twoblokes.ca
Ingredients: Cider, honey, sulphites
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A 

Size(s) available: 500ml (bottle)
Availability: Two Blokes Online and Retail Shop
Flavour: Golden Russet
Colour:  Transparent, light-golden yellow.
Carbonation: Small, infrequently streaming bubbles


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Pulpy, semi-acidic and tart apples.
Initial Taste: Light bite. Gritty, semi-sweet, pulpy apples with some bitter notes.  Very crisp with some nutty, honey and pear hints. A forward but balanced acidity.
After Taste: Becomes slightly drier as time passes with a long lingering aftertaste. More peel notes in the aftertaste. Honey additives become more obvious.
On ice: Watered down and less sweet.

Additional Notes: The Golden Mile by Two Blokes Cider Is an unfiltered single-varietal Golden Russet offering. It is dry, nutty and very crisp.  With a lot of peel notes, it’s got some pear-like elements and is long lasting.  A lot of flavour overall, though watered-down on ice.  

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Shale Ridge – Semi-Sweet
More Sour – West Avenue –Spontaneity
More Dry – Windswept – Cyser
More Crisp – East Street – Landmark Dry

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No Boats on Sunday – Mixed Berry

Cider Profile:

Name: No Boats on Sunday – Mixed Berry
Sampled March 2021

Brand: No Boats on Sunday
Type:
Flavoured – Mixed berry
Location of Brewing:
Grimsby, ON
ABV:
5.0%
Website Link:
noboatscider.com
Ingredients:
Apple cider, water, sugar, malic acid, natural flavour, potassium sorbate, potassium metabisulphate, colour
Gluten Free: 
N/A
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 500ml (bottle)
Availability:
The Wine Shop (Ontario)
Flavour:
Mixed berry
Colour:
Translucent fuchsia
Carbonation:
Small, infrequent bubbles.  Appears almost still.



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Fresh, crushed berries with some wine and sweet apples.
Initial Taste: Light bite from carbonation. Light mixed berries (strawberry, raspberry, and some blueberry) with a smooth, dessert apple. Slight alcoholic taste that balances with sweet notes. Very sweet.
After Taste:  Dissipates very quick. Reduction in berry flavours and finishes with a light, sweet, juicy apple flavour that is slightly sweet with a little film in the mouth.
On ice:  Carbonation is cut. Less alcoholic taste.

Additional Notes:  The Mixed Berry by No Boats On Sunday – although not listing berries in the ingredients – is a balance between the apple and berry aspects but not balanced when it comes to the sweet factor, it’s pretty high.  Dessert apple forward, it’s sweet and clean with some red fruit flavours.  A mild alcohol taste but it’s easy to drink for the average consumer.  Sweeter than the rest of the product line with less apple flavour.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Chill Street – Berry Naughty
More Sour – Ernest – Bumbleberry Cider
More Dry – Bulwark – Blush
More Crisp – Heeman’s – Berry Blush

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Heeman’s – Berry Blush

Cider Profile:

Name: Heeman’s – Berry Blush
Sampled March 2021

Brand: Heeman’s Hard Apple Cider
Type: Flavoured – Mixed berry
Location of Brewing: Thorndale, ON
ABV: 5.0%
Website Link: heeman.ca
Ingredients: N/A
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A 

Size(s) available: 500ml (bottle)
Availability: Heeman retail and online store
Flavour: Mixed Berry
Colour: Transparent vivid-red
Carbonation: Infrequent large streaming bubbles.  


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell:  Mild aroma. Juicy mixed berry with strawberry and semi-tart raspberry.
Initial Taste: Light bite from carbonation. Strong, juicy strawberry and soft, smooth dessert apple – with creamy raspberry.
After Taste: Raspberry dissipates and apples slightly reduced. Strawberry becomes more predominant and lingers a long time. 
On ice: Strawberry reduced a lot for a more balanced flavour profile.  A lot weaker overall.

Additional Notes:   The Berry Blush Hard Apple Cider by Heeman’s is a light but flavourful offering. It’s strawberry forward, with lots of juicy and creamy strawberry elements.  Softer, pulpy dessert apples make a flavourful base that’s accompanied by some tart raspberries that leave it balanced and not overly sweet.  A lot of flavour that lasts a long time. 

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Heritage Estates – Eden’s Apple Strawberry
More Sour – Spy Cider – Crimson Tide
More Dry – Kings Mill – Strawberry Rhubarb
More Crisp – Reinhart’s – Strawberry Hibiscus

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Hoity Toity – 283 Cider

Cider Profile:

Name: Hoity Toity Cellars – 283 Cider
Sampled March 2021

Brand: Hoity Toity Cellars
Type: Apple – Crisp
Location of Brewing: Mildmay, ON
ABV: 6.0%
Website Link: www.hoitytoitycellars.ca
Ingredients: N/A
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 750ml (bottle)
Availability: Retail store only
Flavour: Apple
Colour: Sunshine yellow
Carbonation: Large bubbles on glass


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Bright crisp apples that are sweet and juicy. Hint of fermentation notes.
Initial Taste: Light bite. Smooth, sweet juicy apples, bright and clean.  
After Taste: Become slightly more sour/tart and less sweet, fermentation notes become present.  Finished somewhat more dry and clean. Lingers a long time.
On ice: A little thinner.

Additional Notes:  The 283 by Hoity Toity cellars is a bright, clean and juicy cider that is on the sweeter side of things.  It’s naturally sweet and crisp – with some mild sour/tart notes at the end.  A blend of dessert apples (green, red and yellow notes we could taste) with a bit of fermentation elements at the end.  It has some memories of a white wine, which Hoity Toity also produces. Lots of flavour and body in this one.  Very classic, clean traditional cider. 

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – 
More Sour – Spirit Tree – Draught Cider
More Dry – Grey & Gold – Heritage Dry
More Crisp – Shale Ridge – Semi-Sweet

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Chill St – Berry Naughty

Cider Profile:

Name: Chill St – Berry Naughty
Sampled February 2021

Brand: Chill Street Cider
Type: Flavoured – Strawberry and lime
Location of Brewing: Elmsdale, NS
ABV: 5.2%
Website Link: chillstreetcraftbeverageco.com
Ingredients: N/A 
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A 

Size(s) available: 473ml (can)
Availability: Chill St. retail and online store
Flavour: Strawberry lime
Colour: Transparent, light orange/peach
Carbonation: Small, streaming bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Sweet strawberry and candied dessert apple.
Initial Taste: Light bite from carbonation. Light mouthfeel with sweet candied strawberry and supporting dessert apples.
After Taste: Apple dissipates with a slight film. Strawberry remains awhile. Some sweet lime present in the aftertaste.  Somewhat long lingering.
On ice: Reduced carbonation

Additional Notes:  The Berry Naughty by Chill Street Ciders is a light and sweet offering that is very strawberry forward with candied notes.  It’s bright, lightly carbonated and lingers a while in the mouth.  Comparable to some international brands like Rekorderlig & Kopparberg Strawberry Lime ciders.  

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 4.5
Sour – 2
Crisp – 3.5
Dry – 1.5
Fruity – 4

Next recommendations:
More Sweet –
More Sour – Annapolis Cider – Sour Cherry
More Dry – Bulwark – Blush
More Crisp – No Boats on Sunday – Dry Rosé

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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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Spirit Tree – Applelager

Cider Profile:

Name:  Spirit Tree – Applelager
Sampled January 2021

Brand: Spirit Tree Estate Cidery
Type:
Apple – Sweet
Location of Brewing:
Caledon, ON
ABV:
4%
Website Link:
spirittreecider.ca
Ingredients:
N/A
Gluten Free:
Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 473ml (can)
Availability:
Spirit Tree retail and online stores
Flavour:
Apple
Colour:
Transparent, sunflower-yellow
Carbonation:
Big, infrequent bubbles.



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Mild aroma. A sweet musty single baking apple smell.
Initial Taste: Mild bite. Quickly sweet apple with a heavier mouthfeel. Some acidity and dewy earthiness. Orange-like notes.
After Taste: Apple peel taste. Light pear and honey notes compliments the apples. Not a strong aftertaste but earthy and apple notes linger. Lager beer-like crispness and cleanness.
On ice: Cuts most of the carbonation and also some acidity. Sweetness remains.

Additional Notes: Spirit Tree offers a light and sweet but not sugary cider with their Applelager. A clean and crisp cider with some musty/earthy elements that reminds us of fresh apples but still with a little something more than a juice.  Tastes naturally sweet. Carbonation is well balanced, try it on ice to make it even more like an unfermented apple juice. Is slow fermented in their cellars, similar to lager style beers – as a result, it has a similar crispness and cleanness to it.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 4
Sour – 1.5
Crisp – 4.5
Dry – 2
Fruity – 4

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Somersby – Apple
More Sour – Pommies – Farmhouse Cider
More Dry – Coffin Ridge – Forbidden Artisanal Original Cider
More Crisp – Thornbury – Honey Crisp Cider

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Spirit Tree – Winter Bliss

Cider Profile:

Name: Spirit Tree – Winter Bliss
Sampled January 2021

Brand:  Spirit Tree Estate Cidery
Type: Flavoured – Mixed
Location of Brewing: Caledon, ON
ABV: 6.5%
Website Link: spirittreecider.com
Ingredients: N/A
Gluten Free: N/A
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 473ml (can)
Availability: Spirit Tree online and retail store
Flavour: Apple, maple syrup, molasses, orange peel
Colour: Translucent, dark golden-yellow
Carbonation: Infrequently streaming small bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Sweet and thick fortified-like apple. Some maple syrup notes.
Initial Taste: Light bite from carbonation. Thick, syrupy, crisp apple taste that’s similar to an iced cider. Semi-sweet apple notes. Mild maple and earthy elements.
After Taste:  Cleans out somewhat quickly without much residual notes.  Some darker sugar elements, including the molasses, appear briefly. Almost a gummy aftertaste, possibly from the orange peel.
On ice: Carbonation reduced. Little other change.

Additional Notes:  The Winter Bliss by Spirit Tree is a thicker cider, elements similar to that of an iced cider without the astringency and harshness. It’s a semi-sweet apple taste that matches the dark golden colour. Quite clean (little fermentation or alcohol notes) with a little bit of a brown sugar/maple syrup/molasses finish.  Not much orange noticeable other than a possible gummied taste near the finish. A rustic cider with a farmhouse essence. Stands out, unlike any other Ontario craft cider we’ve had.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 4
Sour – 2
Crisp – 4.5
Dry – 2
Fruity – 4 

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – 
More Sour – Ernest – Winter’s Blush
More Dry – Heartwood – Wassail
More Crisp – 

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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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Domaine Cléroux – Nation’ Spiked (Sweet)

Cider Profile:

Name: Domaine Cléroux – Nation’ Spiked (Sweet)
Sampled October 2020

Brand:  Domaine Cléroux
Type: Apple – Sweet
Location of Brewing: Casselman, ON
ABV: 6%
Website Link:
Ingredients: Apples, 7% maple syrup, sulfites
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 500ml (bottle)
Availability: Domaine Cléroux
Flavour: Apple
Colour:  Transparent, vivid golden yellow
Carbonation: Large, infrequently streaming



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Sweet, creamy, slightly acidic and crisp apples. Hints of maple sugar.
Initial Taste: Light bite. Quick apple flavour that’s very sweet and smooth. Juicy medley of apple flavours. Sweet maple notes.
After Taste: Apple flavour becomes a bit more peel focused. Sweet, quick tangy finish. Mostly clean.
On ice: Less acidity, slightly reduced flavour. Less maple flavour.

Additional Notes:  The Sweet Nation’Spiked by Domaine Cléroux is a very apple forward juice that features hints of smooth, sweet maple syrup. Juicy with some peel notes, it has a strong blend of dessert apple flavours. A naturally sweet cider well done, its strong apple flavour and depth could even draw dry cider fans.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 4
Sour – 2
Crisp – 4
Dry – 2
Fruity – 4.5

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

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Thornbury – Raspberry Apple

Cider Profile:

Name: Thornbury – Raspberry Apple Cider
Sampled August 2020

Brand: Thornbury Village Cider House
Type: Flavoured – Raspberry
Location of Brewing: Thornbury, ON
ABV: 5.2%
Website Link: Thornburycraft.com
Ingredients: Apple cider, fresh pressed Ontario apple juice, Canadian
raspberry juice, sugar, natural flavours, sulphites

Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A 

Size(s) available:  500ml (bottle)
Availability: Thornbury retail + online store, various grocery stores across Ontario
Flavour: Raspberry
Colour: Translucent ruby red
Carbonation: Medium, infrequent streaming bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Sweet juicy raspberries, with a mild hit of natural bitterness. Some apple notes.
Initial Taste: Light bite from carbonation, Sweet raspberry forward with some raspberry cordial notes and mouthfeel. Some semi-sour apple notes present. Thicker body.
After Taste: Moves from sweet raspberry to more fresh, traditional raspberry jam-type flavour. Flushes quickly from the mouth, with a short aftertaste and mostly clean finish.
On ice: Reduced carbonation, little other change.

Additional Notes:  The Raspberry Apple by Thornbury Craft Cider is a very raspberry-forward offering. Although some apples are present, it’s simply a canvas for smooth, juicy and fresh raspberries to showcase their taste. Very clean without any real elements of fermentation, it’s 5.2% alcohol and semi-sweet with some tart elements. Heavier, thicker body. 

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 4
Sour – 3
Crisp – 3.5
Dry – 2
Fruity – 4.5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Coffin Ridge – Forbidden Pink
More Sour – County – Feral Cider
More Dry – Beaver Valley – Bumbleberry
More Crisp – 401- Raspberry Cider

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Reinhart’s – Strong

Cider Profile:

Name: Reinhart’s Red Apple – Strong Cider
Sampled September 2020

Brand: Reinhart’s Red Apple
Type: Apple – Crisp
Location of Brewing: Stayner, Ontario
ABV: 7%
Website Link: reinhartscider.ca
Ingredients: Apples, sulphites
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: 50 g/L

Size(s) available: 473ml (Can)
Availability: LCBO
Flavour: Apple
Colour:  Transparent golden yellow
Carbonation: Small, infrequent bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Punchy crisp and juicy apple. Some skin elements.
Initial Taste: Light bite from carbonation. Sweet, crisp strong apple flavour. Minerality aspects.
After Taste:  Apple slowly fades with the mouthfeel becoming thicker and more syrupy. Long lingering flavour notes. A bit dank at the finish.
On ice: Reduced carbonation. Thinner body but no flavour changes.

Additional Notes:  The Strong by Reinhard Red Apple is a 7% offering that’s very apple forward. Crisp and refreshing with some minerality flavour notes. It’s thicker and similar in texture to an iced cider, including the elevated sweet notes. Juicy but heavier, gritty skin elements as if you were chewing on an apple peel without flesh. It’s a nice followup to their original Light Cider that shares some similar aspects but does differ, especially for mouthfeel. Reminiscent of an ice cider but way less intense.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 4
Sour – 1.5
Crisp – 4
Dry – 2
Fruity – 4.5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Strongbow – Gold Cider
More Sour – County – Apple Cider
More Dry – Coffin Ridge – Forbidden Artisanal 
More Crisp – Thornbury – Honeycrisp Apple

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Domaine De Lavoie- Cidre Fortifié

Cider Profile:

Name: Domaine De Lavoie- Cidre Fortifié
Sampled June 2020

Brand:  Domaine De Lavoie
Type:
 Apple – Aperitif (Fortified)
Location of Brewing:
Rougemont, QC
ABV:
19%
Website Link:
de-lavoie.com
Ingredients:
McIntosh, Royal Gala, Sulphites
Gluten Free:
Yes
Sugar Content: 170g/L

Size(s) available: 500ml (bottle)
Availability:
SAQ – Quebec
Flavour:
Apple
Colour:
Rustic orange
Carbonation:
Still



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Very sweet and syrupy astringent apples. Some caramel notes. 
Initial Taste:
No bite. Smooth and sweet, pulpy and caramelized apples.  Some astringent notes but less than it smells.
After Taste: Long lingering, astringency migrates and grows at the back of the throat. Some film notes.  Retains caramelized elements, and actually grows in strength.
On ice: Lighter with 1/3rd less flavour overall.

Additional Notes:  A before dinner drink (Aperitif), the Fortified Cider by Domaine De Lavoie is thick, sweet and caramelized.  To help get you hungry, it cleanses the palate with an easy and smooth 19% shot/slow sipper.  Watch the sugar content with these high alcohol spirit-like ciders.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 4.5
Sour – 2
Crisp – 1.5
Dry – 2
Fruity – 4

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

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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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Beaupré – Cidre Honblonné

Cider Profile:

Name:  Beaupré – Cidre Honblonné
Sampled March 2020

Brand: Geloso Group of Companies
Type:
Apple – Hopped
Location of Brewing:
Laval, QC
ABV:
5.6%
Website Link:
cidrebeaupre.com
Ingredients: 
N/A
Gluten Free:
Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available:  1L (bottle)
Availability:
SAQ (Quebec)
Flavour:
Apple
Colour:  
Dark golden-yellow
Carbonation:
Minimal small bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Semi-strong aroma. A very clean and crisp juicy apple. Hint of cloves.
Initial Taste: No bite. Extra smooth, crisp clean Macintosh apple with no alcoholic notes – with some natural fruit acidity.  Some spice notes (cloves) that play along with a lightly hopped flavour. Citra hops add make for an orange-y flavour.
After Taste: Does not linger long.  More hops in the aftertaste but remains very clean throughout.
On ice: Even smoother and cleaner. Tastes more so like an alcoholic cider.

Additional Notes:  The Beaupré – Cidre Honblonné is a lightly hopped cider that has a very clean and fresh taste to it. The Macintosh apples make it undeniably a product from Quebec. Its base is dessert apples, without any real alcohol tasting notes, and a smooth, minimal combination of Citra and Cascade hops, it’s easy to mistake this as non-alcoholic. Sweet but not sugary overall. The hops work to elevate the cider and are less harsh than other hopped ciders.

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

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

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D’ont Poke the Bear – Berry

Cider Profile:

Name: D’ont Poke the Bear – Berry
Sampled August 2020

Brand: Generations Wine Company Ltd.
Type:
Flavoured – Berry
Location of Brewing:
Toronto, ON
ABV:
5.8%
Website Link:
dontpokethebear.com
Ingredients:
Cider, sugar (glucose), black currant, concentrate, natural flavours, potassium metabisulphite, sulphites.
Gluten Free:
Yes
Sugar Content: 35 g/L

Size(s) available: 473mL (can)
Availability:
LCBO
Flavour:
Apple
Colour:
Transparent peachy-pink
Carbonation:
Medium, semi-streaming bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Berry and floral notes with sweet apples.
Initial Taste: Light bite from carbonation. Slightly tart black currant and generic berry flavours mixed with a semi-sweet apple base.
After Taste: Black current notes make way for more raspberry and strawberry-esque flavours.  Becomes slightly filmy and a little bit of a dry mouthfeel.  Long-lingering flavour.
On ice: Cuts carbonation and apple flavour. Thinner mouth feel.

Additional Notes: D’ont Poke the Bear Berry is a sweeter cider that is quite fruit-focused. It has a thicker body that is a bit gritty to consume and lingers awhile. Raspberry and strawberry notes really drive the cider at the finish.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – No Boats on Sunday – Cranberry Rosé
More Sour – Thornbury – Raspberry
More Dry – 401 Cider – Black Currant
More Crisp – Niagara Cider – Rose Gold 

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401 Cider Company – Raspberry

Cider Profile:

Name: 401 Cider Co – Raspberry Cider
Sampled March 2020

Brand: 401 Cider Brewery
Type:
Flavoured – Raspberry
Location of Brewing:
Colborne, ON
ABV:
6.5%
Website Link:
401cidercompany.com
Ingredients:
Fermented apple and cranberry juice, sugar, sulphites, natural flavour, potassium sorbate
Gluten Free:
Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 341mL (cans)
Availability:
At retail store and online
Flavour:
Raspberry and Apple
Colour:
Pale rose-gold/red
Carbonation:
Mix of small to medium bubbles, infrequently streaming



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium candied raspberry. Tart apple and cranberry.
Initial Taste: Mild bite from acidity. Quick, sweet candied raspberry. Some sourness from the cranberry juice.
After Taste: Raspberry flavour diminished from the primary taste, but cranberry remains strong. Some mild sour apple flavours peak through. Sugary/sweet residue that lingers in the mouth. Dry finish.
On ice: Becomes thinner and less sweet on ice. Less tart but more alcohol flavour.

Additional Notes: This raspberry cider offering from 401 Cider Co is a semi-sweet, candied, somewhat more commercially appealing offering from the company. It starts out with sour raspberries and transitions into a dry, cranberry finish. As a slightly sour but mostly sweet cider, we recommend consuming this on ice to thin the cider out.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet –
Brickworks – Rosé Cider
More Sour – Hard Way – Ramboozle
More Dry – Forbidden – Raspberry
More Crisp – Ernest Cider – Rubee

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Ernest – Bumbleberry

Cider Profile:

Name: Ernest – Bumbleberry
Sampled May 2020

Brand: Ernest Cider Co.
Type:
Flavoured – mixed berries
Location of Brewing:
Newmarket, ON
ABV:
6%
Website Link:
ernestcider.com
Ingredients:
Apples, organic cane sugar, blackberry juice, cranberry juice, raspberry juice, blueberry juice, strawberry juice, purple carrot juice (for colour) natural flavours, potassium sorbate, malic acid, Sulphites.
Gluten Free:
Yes
Sugar Content: 25 g/L

Size(s) available: 473mL (Can)
Availability: 
LCBO and Ernest Online Store
Flavour:
Mixed berries
Colour:
Dark Ruby-Red
Carbonation:
Small, frequently streaming bubbles.



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma of sweet, dark fruit/berry blend. Cordial-like notes.
Initial Taste: Mild bite from acidity and carbonation.  Starts off very slowly and light, building from a slightly sweet apple base to become more berry focused, especially blackberries and strawberries.
After Taste: Mixed berries become very prevalent, bursting with flavour, dominating the palate. Becomes thicker and sweeter as time grows.  Leaves a thick mouthfeel. Lingers awhile, ends on sweet dark fruit notes.
On ice: Carbonation is cut and it’s slightly thinner.

Additional Notes: A different type of cider, The Bumbleberry by Ernest is a blend of Blackberry, Cranberry, Raspberry, Blueberry and Strawberry. It starts light but it gets incredibly full-bodied and thick. More juice-like than apple cider in our opinions, the berries taste unfiltered and undiluted. Sweet and coating in the mouth, its not very sessionable – probably one at a time for dessert is ideal.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 4.5
Sour – 3
Crisp – 1.5
Dry – 2.5
Fruity – 5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Heritage Estate – Eden’s Apple Strawberry
More Sour – Muskoka Lakes – Cliff Jump Cranberry
More Dry – Heartwood – Currant Affair
More Crisp – Pommies – Red Sangria

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Fizz – Framboise

Cider Profile:

Name: Fizz – Framboise (Raspberry)
Sampled October 2019

Brand: Fizz (Coteau Rougemont – Ferme C.M.J.I Robert inc.)
Type:
Flavoured – Raspberry
Location of Brewing:
Rougemont, PQ
ABV:
5%
Website Link:
coteaurougemont.ca
Ingredients:  
N/A
Gluten Free:
Yes
Sugar Content: 28 g/L

Size(s) available: 355ml Cans
Availability:
SAQ (2019)
Flavour: Raspberry
Colour:
Vivid, semi-transparent red
Carbonation:
Some infrequent bubbles from the side of the glass.



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma of sweet candied raspberry with some sour apple
Initial Taste: Light bite from carbonation. Some semi-tart apple notes followed by a quick showing of candied raspberry
After Taste: Raspberry somewhat dissipates and becomes more traditional semi-sour apple found in most Quebec ciders.  Does not linger overly long.  Some film at the conclusion.
On ice:  Carbonation and acidity is reduced.  More pop-like.

Additional Notes:  The Raspberry Fizz is a light-hearted take at a candied, sweet but not sugary flavoured Quebec cider.  It holds the base of a traditional Quebec cider (almost a green apple taste), with a medium raspberry appearance.  Quite crisp but it finished somewhat filmy. Not complex – more like a cooler in nature. Tastes very close to a Swedish Berry!

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – No Boats on Sunday – Cranberry Rosé
More Sour – Annapolis Cider Company – Sour Cherry
More Dry – Still Raspberry – Coteau Rougemont
More Crisp – Bulwark – Blush Cider

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Heritage Estate – Eden’s Apple

Cider Profile:

Name:  Heritage Estate Eden’s Apple
Sampled October 2019

Brand: Heritage Estate Winery & Cidery
Type:
Apple – Semi-Sweet
Location of Brewing: Barrie, ON
ABV:
6%
Website Link:
heritagestates.ca
Ingredients:  
N/A
Gluten Free:
Yes
Sugar Content: 45 g/L

Size(s) available: 473mL (can)
Availability:
At Heritage Estate’s retail store 
Flavour:
Apple
Colour:
Cloudy sunshine yellow
Carbonation:
Infrequent, small streaming bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Sweet, musty, slightly earthy. Mild sulphur notes.
Initial Taste: Medium bite from acidity, mild carbonation. Quick burst of sweet, tangy apples (slightly caramelized). Some earthiness. Banana, lemon and honey notes.
After Taste: Caramelized apple flavour continues. Mild acidity and mustiness. Semi-sweet, yeast-based finish.
On ice: Carbonation cut. Smoother with a bit less flavour. More citrus notes.

Additional Notes:  Eden’s Apple is indeed a semi-sweet cider but it is not sugary on the palate whatsoever. Rather creamy, it almost melts in the mouth. Defined by a tangy, thicker, caramelized apple flavour, it ends on a noticeable yeast-like flavour and sensation. Has a lot of unique character notes like banana and lemon. Very full bodied and full flavoured.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Brickworks – Queen Street 501
More Sour – Thornbury – Original Apple Cider
More Dry – Ironwood – Original
More Crisp – Clafeld – Smashed Apple

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Lonetree – Authentic Dry Cider

Cider Profile:

Name: Lonetree – Authentic Dry Cider
Sampled March 2019

Brand:  The Lonetree Cider Co.
Type: Apple – Crisp
Location of Brewing:
Vancouver, BC
ABV:
5.5%
Website Link:
lonetree.ca
Ingredients:
Cider, water, natural flavour, sulphites
Gluten Free:
Yes
Sugar Content: 25g/L

Size(s) available: 473ml (can)
Availability:
LCBO (Ontario) + other provinces
Flavour:
Apple
Colour:  
Rich golden yellow
Carbonation:
Minimal bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma of extra sweet dessert-like apples.  Mild pear-like elements
Initial Taste: Light bite from carbonation. Sweet and strong dessert apples. Some tonic elements with mild bubble-gum notes.
After Taste: Dissipates quickly, sweetness reduces and tonic elements remain.  Stays sweet throughout.
On ice: less carbonation, slightly less sweet.

Additional Notes:  A very sweet, juicy apple, the Lonetree Authentic Dry Cider is apple forward with a bit of a bubble-gum feel and taste.  Tastes almost alcohol free, it has some tonic elements but does not linger long.  Approachable and an easy entry for new cider drinkers.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 4
Sour – 1.5
Crisp – 4
Dry – 2.5
Fruity – 3.5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Brickworks – Queen Street 501
More Sour – Pommies – Farmhouse Cider
More Dry – Coffin Ridge – Forbidden Dry Cider
More Crisp – Liberty Village – Extra Dry Cider

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Thornbury – Blueberry Elderflower Apple Cider

Cider Profile:

Name:  Thornbury – Blueberry Elderflower Apple Cider
Sampled October 2019

Brand: Thornbury Village Cider House
Type:
Flavoured – Blueberry and Elderflower
Location of Brewing: Thornbury, ON
ABV:
5.1%
Website Link:
thornburycraft.com
Ingredients:  
Apple Cider, fresh pressed apple juice, wild blueberry Juice, sucrose, natural flavours, sulphites.
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: 56 g/L

Size(s) available: 473mL (can)
Availability:
LCBO and Grocery Stores (2019)
Flavour:
Blueberry & Elderflower
Colour:
Translucent, dark rose gold.
Carbonation:
Medium streaming bubbles, some foam that remains.  Less on ice.



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong, sweet berries, candied blueberry and some current.  Elderflower/floral also present with a slight sweet apple. Some tangy/sour elements.
Initial Taste: Mild bite from carbonation with some acidity.  Sweet, creamy and somewhat syrupy fresh blueberry and some dessert apple notes.
After Taste: Fruit flavours continue with the elderflower becoming more present.  Some film finish that lingers. Long lasting, sweet but clean tasting.  Fresh blueberry present for awhile.
On ice: Mild reduction in flavour. Thinner mouth feel, less tangy and sharp.  Less elderflower.

Additional Notes: Thornbury’s Blueberry Elderflower is full flavoured but not heavy.  It’s filled with fresh blueberries and a balanced elderflower taste.  A sweet apple is the base, but does not pull from the overall balance.  Floral, fruity and easy to drink.  If you are interested in going to the extremes from a traditional, drier apple cider, but still like something easy to drink, this might be the one for you.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – County – Feral Cider
More Sour – Pommies – Cranberry
More Dry – Clafeld – Elderflower Wine/Cider blend
More Crisp – Ernest – Wild Blueberry

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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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Brickworks Lemonade Cider Radler

Cider Profile:

Name:   Brickworks Lemonade Cider Radler
Sampled June 2019

Brand: Brickworks Ciderhouse
Type:
Apple – Radler
Location of Brewing:  Toronto, ON
ABV:
3.3%
Website Link:
theciderhouse.ca
Ingredients:
Cider, carbonated water, lemon juice, cane sugar
Gluten Free:
Yes
Sugar Content: 52g/l

Size(s) available: 473mL (cans)
Availability:
LCBO and Brickworks Ciderhouse
Flavour:
Lemon and Apples
Colour:
Hazy lemonade yellow
Carbonation:
Medium infrequently streaming bubbles


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Semi-strong aroma. Crisp lemon dominates. Mild sweet apple undertones.
Initial Taste: Mild bite from carbonation and acidity. Quick lemonade flavour. Batch 1904 Cider easily detectable.
After Taste: Lemon continues and lingers. Sweet, semi-sugary. Mild musty base. Ends crisp and sweet.
On ice: Reduces carbonation. A bit thinner in body and taste. More watery.

Additional Notes: A very straightforward offering, the Brickworks Radler is indeed some parts lemonade and some parts their original Batch 1904 Cider; however, it does lean more on the lemonade side. Crisp and sweet, it refreshes and is perfect for summer. One of the first cider radlers we’ve seen to be offered commercially – and admittedly more balanced than our home attempts at a cider radler.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 4
Sour –3.5
Crisp – 4
Dry – 3
Fruity – 4.5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Somersby – Rose
More Sour – County – Feral Cider
More Dry – Clafeld – Disco Lemonade 
More Crisp – Brickworks – Queen Street 501

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Lost Craft – Apple Cider 

Cider Profile:

Name: Lost Craft – Apple Cider
Sampled July 2019

Brand: Lost Craft
Type:
Apple – Crisp
Location of Brewing:
Toronto, ON
ABV
: 5%
Website Link:
lostcraft.ca
Ingredients:
Cider, sulphates
Gluten Free:
Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 473ml
Availability:
LCBO and grocery stores
Flavour:
Apple
Colour:
Straw yellow
Carbonation:
Large, infrequent streaming bubbles




Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium sweet aroma. Slightly earthy, somewhat sulphuric.
Initial Taste: Light bite from carbonation. Sweet, crisp and semi-sugary dessert apple.
After Taste: Not long lingering as carbonation reduces. Becomes sweeter and creamier with a slight film in the mouth.  Some sulphur notes at the end.
On ice: Carbonation is cut. Slightly creamer.

Additional Notes:  The Lost Craft Apple Cider is a sweet, dessert focused, commercial-oriented cider.  It’s extra creamy, with a hint of earthy notes.  Its light, has a slight film left in the aftertaste and is quite crisp. Simple and more of a pub cider, it aligns with the beer company culture it originates from.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 4
Sour – 1.5
Crisp – 4
Dry – 2
Fruity – 3

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Somersby – Apple
More Sour – Seagram – Premium Craft Cider
More Dry – Brickworks –  Batch 1904
More Crisp – Creekside – Rood Apples Cider

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Heritage Estate – Eden’s Apple Strawberry

Cider Profile:

Name:   Heritage Estate Eden’s Apple Strawberry
Sampled July 2019

Brand: Heritage Estate Winery & Cidery
Type:
Flavoured – Strawberry
Location of Brewing: Barrie, ON
ABV:
6%
Website Link:
heritagestates.ca
Ingredients:  
N/A
Gluten Free:
Yes
Sugar Content: 50 g/L

Size(s) available: 473mL (can)
Availability:
At Heritage Estates retail store and local farmers markets
Flavour:
Strawberry
Colour:
Cloudy ruby-red/pink
Carbonation:
Frequent small streaming bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma of juicy fresh strawberries. A sweet, slightly earthy apple base.
Initial Taste: Medium bite from acidity, mild carbonation. Quick burst of sweet, juicy strawberries with some tangy apples, slightly caramelized in nature. Some earthiness. Banana, lemon and honey notes.
After Taste: Strawberry remains strong but apple flavour becomes more present. Mild acidity and mustiness. Sweet, refreshing finish.
On ice: Carbonation cut. Smoother with a bit less flavour.

Additional Notes:  A juicy offering, the Eden’s Apple Strawberry adds a fresh strawberry flavour to their original Eden’s Apple semi-sweet cider but it is not sugary or gritty. Rather creamy, it almost melts in the mouth. Defined by a tangy, thicker, and fresh, almost milky mouth feel, you could easily find yourself having it in place of strawberry shortcake. Very full bodied and full flavoured.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Shiny Cider – Pinot Noir
More Sour – Apple Falls – Strawberry Blush
More Dry – Burst – Attoca 
More Crisp – Thornbury – Blueberry Elderflower 

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County – Blackberry Peach

Cider Profile:

Name:   County Cider – Blackberry Peach
Sampled June 2019

Brand: County Cider Co.
Type: Flavoured – Blackberry and Peach
Location of Brewing:
Picton, ON
ABV:
6.5%
Website Link:
countycider.com
Ingredients:
Cider, natural peach and blackberry flavour, sulphites
Gluten Free:
Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 500ml (glass bottle)
Availability:
County Retail and in select bars
Flavour:
Peach and Blackberry
Colour:  
Straw yellow
Carbonation:
Large, semi-streaming bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong sweet peach aroma –  with some blackberry and sweet apple.
Initial Taste: Mild sensation and bite from carbonation and acidity.  Sweet apples, with peach overtaking and becoming most dominant.  Blackberry is noticeable, but more of an undertone here.
After Taste:  Slight tartness from blackberry, which the flavour is much more present in the aftertaste.  Lingers a long time, leaves a slight sugar residue in the mouth.
On ice: Thinner, but similar flavour.

Additional Notes:  A very juicy and fruit forward cider, the Country Blackberry and peach starts off sweet and peachy, and finishes more with the blackberry flavour.  It’s sweet – more so than other County offerings – and very full flavoured/full bodied. Perfect to quench a thirst under the rays of the blaring sun.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 4
Sour – 2
Crisp – 3.5
Dry – 3
Fruity – 4.5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Brickworks – Stadium Island Peach
More Sour – 401 Cider – Peach 
More Dry – Hinterland – Sparkling Cherry Cider
More Crisp – Ernest – Impeachment

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Tempt – Dirty Passion

Cider Profile:

Name: Tempt – Dirty Passion
Sampled December 2017

Brand:  Tempt Cider (Brewery Group Denmark A/S)
Type:
Flavoured
Location of Brewing:
Denmark
ABV:
4.5%
Website Link:
tempt.dk
Ingredients:
water, apple wine, sugar, carbon dioxide, acidity regulator (E330), lemon juice from concentrate, stabilizers (E414 E445), natural Passion Fruit flavour, Colour (E160e)
Gluten Free:
Yes
Sugar Content: N/ASize(s) available: 330ml Can
Availability:
2017 Europe
Flavour:
Passion Fruit
Colour:
Opaque orange (Looks like orange pop)
Carbonation: sparse, medium bubbles. 


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong, sweet orange pop-like and passion fruit notes.
Initial Taste: light bite from carbonation, sweet syrupy passion-fruit and candied orange taste.
After Taste: Reduces quickly, becomes more sweet and pop-like.  Little apple flavour. Some syrup elements to finish, though light overall.
On ice: Carbonation is reduced, little else changes.

Additional Notes:  Part of a long line of Danish Ciders, the Tempt Dirty Passion is their sweet and sugary commercial take on a passion fruit cider.  It’s very pop-like in nature, close to an orange crush or c-plus, though maybe even sweeter with a little less carbonation.  Made with Apple wine, it’s light, candied and far from traditional.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 4.5
Sour – 1.5
Crisp – 2
Dry – 2
Fruity – 4.5

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