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D’ont Poke the Bear Cider

D’ont Poke the Bear Cider

Cider Profile:

Name: D’ont Poke the Bear Cider
Sampled July 2018

Brand: Generations Wine Company Ltd.
Type:
Apple – Crisp
Location of Brewing:
Toronto, ON
ABV:
5.8%
Website Link:
dontpokethebear.com
Ingredients:
100% Ontario apples, sulphites
Gluten Free:
Yes
Sugar Content: 42 g/L

Size(s) available: 471mL (can)
Availability:
LCBO
Flavour:
Apple
Colour:
Light golden yellow
Carbonation:
Medium, semi-streaming bubbles

 


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Pungent, wild apple smell. Acidic and somewhat bitter aroma. Earthy. Musty. Banana notes.
Initial Taste: Medium bite from carbonation and acidity. Earthy and woody (that is slightly harsh on the palate).  Tangy and sweet apple flavours.
After Taste: Becomes more sweet with banana and caramel notes. Wood notes remain. Semi-dry finish. Some lingering acidity.
On ice: Cuts carbonation. Becomes smoother and more crisp. Less bitterness and acidity. More sweet.

Additional Notes: D’ont Poke the Bear differs from other Ontario Ciders in taste, having more harsh earthy notes among sweet, fruity flavours. With unique banana notes, it reminds us of a hefeweizen, despite there being no wheat in this drink. With a gritty mouth feel, it brings up memories of a dry white wine or an ice cider. Seems rudiment in taste and feel.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Savanna Dry
More Sour – Heritage Estates – Dragon’s Gold 
More Dry – Great Cider – Nice and Dry
More Crisp – Puddicombe – Family Tree

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