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Ernest – Tea and Cookies

Cider Profile:

Name: Ernest – Tea and Cookies
Sampled January 2021

Brand:  Ernest Cider Co.
Type: Flavoured – Tea
Location of Brewing: Bond Head, ON
ABV: 6%
Website Link: ernestcider.com
Ingredients: N/A
Gluten Free: N/A
Sugar Content: 7g/L

Size(s) available: 473ml (can)
Availability: Ernest Online Store
Flavour: Earl grey tea + vanilla
Colour:  Transparent rich gold with brown hues
Carbonation: Fine, frequently streaming bubbles


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Heavy black tea. Creamy vanilla. Hint of mild apples.
Initial Taste: Strong bite from tea tannins. Light carbonation. Gritty black tea flavour and mouthfeel. Earthiness. Equal apple with orange and caramel hints.
After Taste: Black tea remains but slowly dissipates. Creamy vanilla emerges. Dank apple notes. Long lingering tea tannins and flavour.
On ice: Mild carbonation reduction. No significant flavour change.

Additional Notes:  Ernest’s Tea and Cookies Cider is a very heavily tea driven cider, it may not be as sweet as you’d expect as with ‘cookies’ in the title. With a lot of black tea flavours and grit from its natural tannins, it is an earl grey experience from start to finish. You get a bit of mild orange notes from the tea’s bergamot. Some creamy vanilla emerges near the finish. Apple base is minimal. If you don’t like black tea, this cider isn’t for you.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Coffin Ridge – Lavender Earl Grey
More Sour – Steel Town – Daga Carmesi
More Dry – 
More Crisp – Clafeld – London Fog

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Clafeld – London Fog

Cider Profile:

Name:  Clafeld – London Fog
Sampled February 2021 

Brand: Clafeld Fruit Winey & Cider House
Type:
Flavoured – Tea Infused
Location of Brewing: Picton, ON
ABV:
5.5%
Website Link:
waupooswinery.com
Ingredients:  
Fermented apple juice, decaffeinated orange pekoe tea, bergamot, sugar, vanilla extract, sorbate, sulfites
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content:  N/A

Size(s) available: 473mL (Can)
Availability:
Clafeld Retail Store + Waupoos Winery one store
Flavour:
Black tea and Vanilla
Colour:
Pale transparent yellow
Carbonation:
Small, infrequently streaming bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Earthy, leafy aroma from the tea. Forward vanilla. Slight mustiness and fermentation notes.
Initial Taste: Medium bite from carbonation and acidity. Hit of earthy tea leaves. Sweet, crisp with light dessert apples. Slight bitterness.
After Taste: Apple notes continue but they become smoother. Vanilla emerges with a slight hint of orange. Ends creamy and marshmallow-like, with some mild tea resin notes.
On ice: Carbonation reduced, slightly less vanilla finish. Tea flavour remains the same. Slightly harsher with the black tea.

Additional Notes: The London Fog from Clafeld is a journey cider, starting off one way and ending quite differently. It has an earthy, black tea flavour that quickly emerges right in the first second of consumption, with mild tea resin/tannin notes that stay. The real treat is the creamy, light mouth-feel vanilla ending that delights the senses. Not a lot of apple, but what is there is its light and dessert-oriented. We reviewed the 2018 version in the old 355ml can, and it was much more harsh and gritty then it is now. 

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Coffin Ridge – Lavender Earl Grey
More Sour – Steel Town – Daga Carmesi
More Dry – Ernest – Tea and Cookies
More Crisp – Stock & Row – Cold Tea

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Ernest – Bourbon Vanilla

Cider Profile:

Name: Ernest – Bourbon Vanilla
Sampled January 2021

Brand:  Ernest Cider Co.
Type: Flavoured – vanilla and bourbon
Location of Brewing: Aurora, ON
ABV: 8%
Website Link: ernestcider.com
Ingredients: N/A
Gluten Free: N/A
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 750ml (bottle)
Availability: Limited Small Batch – Ernest Online Store
Flavour: Bourbon + vanilla
Colour:  Translucent sunshine yellow
Carbonation: Medium streaming bubbles w/ fine particles


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Sweet pulpy apple. Woody, strong bourbon notes. Creamy vanilla.
Initial Taste: Minimal bite. Barrel notes are first obvious, on top of the heritage apple notes. Medium bourbon flavours. Mild astringency.
After Taste: Astringency grows, distracts away from apple base for a time. As it dissipates, vanilla really shines and lingers a bit. Dry finish, clean mouthfeel but flavours stays awhile.
On ice: Watered down, you lose considerable bite/astringency. More apple forward. Vanilla the same.

Additional Notes:  Ernest’s Bourbon Vanilla goes down easy. While 8% and the bourbon notes are forward, it is not heavy and has an easy going mouthfeel. A heritage apple base and creamy ending vanilla notes help to balance out the more astringent aspects of this. This is the epitome of small batch cider – a handwritten label, a strong flavour quality and unique experimentation at hand.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 2
Sour – 3
Crisp – 3.5
Dry – 4
Fruity – 2.5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Shiny – Hank’s Spiced Bourbon Cider
More Sour – West Avenue – Barrett Fuller’s Secret
More Dry – Loch Mor – Bootlegger (Whisky)
More Crisp – 401 Cider – Apple Pie Cider

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