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Collective Arts – Blood Orange & Cranberry

Cider Profile:

Name: Collective Arts – Blood Orange & Cranberry 
Originally sampled April 2021
Updated June 2021 (w/ LCBO version)

Brand: Collective Arts Cider
Type: Flavoured – Cranberry and Blood Orange
Location of Brewing: Hamilton, ON
ABV: 5.8%
Website Link: collectiveartsontario.com
Ingredients: Apples, blood orange concentrate, cranberry juice
concentrate, orange flavour, yeast, orange oil, sulphites

Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: 7g/L

Size(s) available: 473ml (can)
Availability: Collective Arts Online & Retail Store, LCBO (2021)
Flavour: Blood Orange and Cranberry
Colour: Transparent peachy orange
Carbonation: Medium, frequently streaming bubbles


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Creamy citrus with some cranberry tartness. Slight dry apple
Initial Taste: Light bite from carbonation. Semi-strong blood orange and citrus notes. Some cranberry tartness. Mild creaminess a mild apple base.
After Taste: Blood orange becomes stronger, with cranberry hanging on but weakening. Clean finish that is slightly sharp with lingering citrus notes.
On ice: Slightly reduced flavour and carbonation but little difference.

Additional Notes: The Blood Orange & Cranberry Cider by Collective Arts is a citrus -forward offering that has some slightly funky and dry apple notes.  Sour and blended citrus to start, the blood orange elements become more defined in the aftertaste. Cranberry is very mild and seems to only add a slight tartness. The LCBO version is obviously filtered, as its cleaner and not cloudy like the brewery original version. Not that much traditional apple. Blood orange + citrus are the defining elements in this cider – may not know its a cider if you were not told.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Pommies – Mimosa
More Sour – Steel Town – Vay Kay
More Dry – Rice Lake – Cranberry
More Crisp – Thornbury – Blood Orange

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Thornbury – Blood Orange

Cider Profile:

Name:   Thornbury – Blood Orange
Sampled October 2019

Brand: Thornbury Cider Co.
Type:
Flavoured  – Blood Orange
Location of Brewing:
Thornbury, ON
ABV:
5.1%
Website Link:
thornburycraft.com
Ingredients:
Apple cider, fresh pressed apple juice, orange zest, blood orange juice, sucrose, natural flavour, sulfites
Gluten Free:
Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 500mL (bottle)
Availability:
Thornbury Retail Store, select Metro stores
Flavour:
Blood Orange
Colour:  
Peachy-orange, semi-hazy
Carbonation:
Infrequent bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium-strong aroma. Candied orange. Sweet with some apple notes.
Initial Taste: Some bite from carbonation acidity.  Initially some semi-sweet, woody apple notes that quickly change to sweet orange dominant.
After Taste:  Remains and grows in specifically blood orange flavour, leaving the taste but not the texture of an orange juice.  Long lasting aftertaste in the back of the mouth.
On ice: Carbonation cut, slightly smoother.

Additional Notes:  Different than other ciders, the Blood Orange by Thornbury is a sweet but not sugary offering.  After the first sip, you would be surprised to find you were not drinking an Italian soda.  With a cider base, it’s sweet but not overpowering.  Smooth, easy to drink and a nice flavour you don’t see too often used.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 3.5
Sour – 2.5
Crisp – 3.5
Dry –2
Fruity – 4.5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – County – Blood Orange
More Sour – Clafeld – Disco Lemonade
More Dry – Heritage Estate – Eden’s Apple Strawberry
More Crisp – Brickworks – Stadium Island Peach

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