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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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Slabtown – Watermelon Thyme

Cider Profile:

Name: Slabtown – Watermelon Thyme
Sampled August 2020

Brand:  Slabtown Cider Co.
Type: Flavoured – Watermelon and Thyme
Location of Brewing: Uxbridge, ON
ABV: 6%
Website Link: slabtowncider.com
Ingredients: N/A
Gluten Free: N/A
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 750mL (bottle)
Availability: Slabtown Retail Store
Flavour: Watermelon and Thyme
Colour:  Translucent pale pink + peach hues
Carbonation: Large, infrequently streaming



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Natural watermelon. Some mild earthy and herb notes.
Initial Taste: Minimal bite. Quick juicy watermelon taste. Punchy thyme + herb flavour.
After Taste: Watermelon flavour continues but becomes slightly sweeter/more candied. Tart, acidic apple comes through. Ends with a pleasant mixture of both fruits, with little thyme flavour remaining.
On ice: minimal difference.

Additional Notes:  Slabtown’s Watermelon Thyme Cider is exactly as promised flavour wise. We are amazed at the accuracy of the watermelon flavour as it is hard to capture due to the fruit’s natural high water content. The finish especially reminds us of those watermelon gummies but not sour, done very naturally so. Thyme adds an earthy/herby element upfront but doesn’t contribute much to the flavour near the end. Apple is more prominent in the finish. Accurate and authentic watermelon flavour from start to finish. 

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Niagara – Rose Gold
More Sour – Crimson Cider – Lavender Buds
More Dry – Busl – Haskap Cider
More Crisp – Duntroon Cyder – Raindance Rhubarb

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