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Farmgate – Wild Child

Cider Profile:

Name: Farmgate – Wild Child
Sampled February 2021

Brand: Farmgate Cider
Type: Apple – Wild Ferment
Location of Brewing: Arnprior, ON
ABV: 7%
Website Link: farmgatecider.ca
Ingredients: N/A
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 375ml (bottle)
Availability: Farmgate Online Store
Flavour: Apple
Colour: Translucent straw-yellow
Carbonation: Mixed, frequently streaming.  .



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Funky and earthy notes. Some bright apple elements.
Initial Taste: Light bite. Funk, farmhouse and fermentation notes mixed in amongst the bright apple base. Dessert apple notes, alongside some heritage/wild apple aspects.
After Taste: Apple cleans out pretty quick, leaving some lingering funky wild elements, including crab-apple-like notes. Some sulphuric and woody notes. 
On ice: Carbonation reduced, little difference.

Additional Notes:  The Wild Child by Farmgate Cider is a contrasting cider – a light, bright apple base with more intense funky elements.  Earthy with some wild crab apple flavours, it has some sulphuric hints and is quite heavy with fermentation notes. However, the apple base is light and more dessert focused. Raw yet still with bright apples, it still tastes a lot lighter than 7%.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Thornbury – Original Apple Cider
More Sour – Revel – Time and Place
More Dry – Kings Mill – Premium Dry
More Crisp – Flying Canoe – Hard Cider

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Fleuri – Hyslop

Cider Profile:

Name: Fleuri – Hyslop 
Sampled September 2020

Brand:  Fleuri Cidres Biologiques
Type: Apple – Wild
Location of Brewing: Dunham, Québec
ABV: 6.6%
Website Link:
Ingredients: Liberty apples, honey crisp and hyslop crabapples
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 750ml (bottle)
Availability: Quebec bottle shops
Flavour: Dry
Colour:  Cloudy, rusty orange
Carbonation: Small, frequently streaming bubbles with some trub. 



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Sweet and bright pulpy apples. Some floral notes.
Initial Taste: Light bite from carbonation. Smooth but pulpy and creamy apples. Some astringency and early notes. Slightly acidic. Crab apple  notes mingle among caramelized apple flavours.
After Taste: Becomes less apple forward. More earthy and acidic.  Some more tannic and dry notes in the aftertaste. Slightly chalky from the yeast/trub.
On ice: Reduced carbonation and some other elements. 

Additional Notes:  The Hyslop by Fleuri is the Québec take on a France Normandy style-cider, but with more dry and wild elements.  It’s a little more tart and a slightly thinner mouthfeel but very close to the French offering. Creamy with a lot of extra trub which gives some yeast elements to it.  Fermented with Wild Yeast. Organic. 

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – McAdam – Cidre Urbain
More Sour – Alma – Willie
More Dry – 
More Crisp – Lacroix – Gabélianne

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Loch Mór – Untamed (2019)

Cider Profile

Name: Loch Mór– Untamed (2019)
Sampled October 2020

Brand: Loch Mór Cider Co.
Type: Apple – Dry
Location of Brewing: Hillier, ON
ABV: 7.9%
Website Link: lochmorcider.com
Ingredients: Apples, sulphites
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A 

Size(s) available: 750ml (bottle)
Availability: Loch Mór + online store
Flavour: Apple
Colour:  Hazy, bright yellow
Carbonation: Medium streaming bubbles


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Pulpy, tannic apples with farmhouse notes.
Initial Taste: Heavier sensation from carbonation. Very crisp and bright apples. Heavy bittersharp apple notes, in particular Northern Spy apples. Peel and flesh notes.
After Taste: Medley of apple flavours continue. Mild farmhouse + yeast notes. Ends on off-dry apples and very clean. Exits palate quickly.
On ice: Carbonation very reduced. Mild reduction in flavour. Thinner mouthfeel.

Additional Notes:  The Untamed (2019 vintage) by Loch Mór is a very apple forward offering that is bright and bold. Crisp and tannic apples tease the palate from start to finish, with a very clean and satisfying finish. Has a decent carbonation that is tingly and uplifting. A perfect apple cider for Fall. Farmhouse and sophisticated elements, including some mild fermentation notes. Very different than their 2018 version.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Crimson Cider – Crimson Crisp
More Sour – Farmgate – Wild Apple
More Dry – 
More Crisp – 

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Loch Mór – Untamed (2018)
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Grey & Gold – Spruce of the Bruce

Cider Profile:

Name: Grey & Gold – Spruce of the Bruce
Sampled August 2020

Brand:  Grey & Gold Cider Company
Type: Flavoured – Flora
Location of Brewing: The Blue Mountains, ON
ABV: 7.2%
Website Link: greyandgoldcider.com
Ingredients: N/A
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 500ml (bottles)
Availability: Via Grey & Gold Retail Store
Flavour: Spruce
Colour:  Pale, translucent yellow.
Carbonation: Large bubbles, frequently streaming



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Creamy apples with some mild pine notes. Some funk.
Initial Taste: Light bite from acidity. Creamy apples that are easy on the palate. Funky, dank aspects.
After Taste: Spruce becomes more noticeable and finishes with sharp and piney & spruce notes at the end… especially present once the apple notes dissipate. Woody notes.
On ice: Slightly more apple and less woody/earthy notes

Additional Notes: The Grey and Gold Spruce of the Bruce is a walk in a forrest conveniently in a bottle. An unfiltered cider which start stronger with creamy apple and finishes very spruce and woody focused. It appears heavily carbonated but in fact it’s not that impactful.  Not something you could sit down and have a few, it’s gourmet and sophisticated, maybe even a delicacy cider for certain palates. 

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 1.5
Sour – 2.5
Crisp – 2
Dry – 4
Fruity – 2.5 

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Duxbury – Tilted Barn
More Sour – KW Craft – Thai Ginger
More Dry – Kings Mill – Scrumpy
More Crisp – 401 Cider – Sparkling Oaked Cider

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