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Crimson – Cherrific

Cider Profile:

Name: Crimson – Cherrific
Sampled June 2021

Brand: Crimson Cider Co.
Type: Flavoured – Cherry
Location of Brewing: Picton, ON
ABV: 6%
Website Link: crimsoncidercompany.com
Ingredients: N/A
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 750ml (bottle)
Availability: Crimson retail + online store
Flavour: Cherry
Colour:  Transparent metallic red
Carbonation: Large, infrequently streaming


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Bright, crisp apple. Hint of tangy sweet cherry, almost candied.
Initial Taste: Light bite from carbonation. The quick bitter sharp apple base comes through. Clean acidity. Some tangy cherry peaks through. Tingly and mildly sour.
After Taste: The cherry becomes stronger and more sharp while apple weakens. As cherry moves towards being smoother and more candied in nature than in the initial taste. Lingering cherry notes that stay for awhile.
On ice: Cuts carbonation and tang a lot. Cherry flavour somewhat reduced. Smoother overall.

Additional Notes:  Crimson’s Cherrific is basically a bag of cherry blaster candies in a bottle. The cider starts off more apple focused – bittersharp tasting mostly to us – and then becomes a stronger cherry into the finish. Tangy and tart, it’s a bright cider overall that’s easy to consume. A tingly carbonation and acidity elevates the offering.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Shale Ridge – Cherry Apple
More Sour – Banjo – Rouge Cherry Apple Cider
More Dry – West Avenue – Cherriosity
More Crisp – KW Craft – Wild Cherry

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Ernest – Rosé Cider Spritzer

Cider Profile:

Name: Ernest – Rosé Cider Spritzer
Sampled May 2021

Brand: Ernest Cider
Type: Flavoured – Mixed
Location of Brewing: Newmarket, ON
ABV: 4.0%
Website Link: errnestcider.com
Ingredients: Cider, water, juice
(Cranberry juice, tart cherry juice for colour),
wine, potassium sorbate, sulphites
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: 4g/l 

Size(s) available: 473ml (can)
Availability: LCBO and Ernest online store
Flavour: Rosé 
Colour: Hazy, dark-rose
Carbonation: Large, streaming bubbles


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. A floral perfume with candied cherry and slightly medicinal
Initial Taste: Medium bite from carbonation. Smooth floral and rosé offering, with some candied notes. Cherry cough drop notes.
After Taste: Apple makes a sharp, sour appearance then dissipates quickly, leaving a dry, more floral perfume + bouquet like taste. Slight earthy finish.
On ice: Cuts carbonation and tonic elements. More wine-focused on ice.

Additional Notes:  The Rosé Cider Spritzer by Ernest Cider is a light offering at 4% and 4g/L of sugar.  Very floral and rosé forward, it has a quick hit of sour apple that is the base for the product.  A little thick but it doesn’t have too long of an aftertaste.  Some notes of cherry and cranberry which make the rosé elements pop along with some earthy elements. Note the wine mixture with some tonic elements and bitterness. Cherry is slightly medicinal tasting and candied in nature (like a cherry flavoured cough drop). 

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Thornbury – Rosé Cider
More Sour – Crimson – Rose Cider 
More Dry – Clafeld – Rose Hip Cider
More Crisp – Lost Craft – Dry Rosé 

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KW Craft – Wild Cherry

Cider Profile:

Name: KW Craft – Wild Cherry
Sampled March 2021

Brand:  KW Craft Cider
Type: Flavoured – Cherry
Location of Brewing: Waterloo, ON
ABV: 6.4%
Website Link:
Ingredients: Apples, sugars (concentrated cherry juice,
cane sugar),champagne yeast, sulphites
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 473ml (can)
Availability: KW Craft online store, St. Jacobs Farmers Market,
coming soon LCBO & Grocery

Flavour: Cherry
Colour:  Transparent dark rose
Carbonation: Large bubbles & small streaming


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Sweet, candied cherry (like a cherry blaster)
Initial Taste: Medium bite from carbonation + acidity. Strong sweet, candied cherry. Sharp apple base. Some mild bitterness.
After Taste: Cherry becomes slightly more dry. Familiar KW apple base really comes through. Long lingering cherry and fermentation flavour.
On ice: Less carbonation. Tastes less alcoholic.

Additional Notes:  KW Craft’s Wild Cherry is the spring-release cider you need to celebrate the warming weather, made with montmorency cherries Niagara. With a candied, sweet cherry flavour throughout, it gives us some serious cherry blaster vibes but its not too sweet. It has a very familiar KW Craft Cider dry apple base that we love in their original flagship cider. Very sharp flavours – including noticeable fermentation elements – with some tingly carbonation, make this a very satisfying flavoured hard cider to consume.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Busl – Cerasus Cherry Cider
More Sour – Slabtown – Legendary Cherry
More Dry – West Avenue – Cherriosity
More Crisp – 

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Busl – Cerasus

Cider Profile:

Name: Busl – Cerasus
Sampled March 2021

Brand:  Busl Cider
Type: Flavoured – Cherry
Location of Brewing: Mallorytown, ON
ABV: 4.5%
Website Link: buslcider.com
Ingredients: Cider, cherry juice, sugar cane, honey.
Gluten Free: N/A
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 750ml (bottle)
Availability: Busl online + retail stores
Flavour: Cherry
Colour: Translucent ruby red
Carbonation: Small, frequently streaming

 


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Light aroma. Sweet and semi-tart cherry. Some bright apple notes.
Initial Taste: Light bite. Bright dessert apples emerge quickly, with some cherry notes. Semi-dry but not sweet. Semi-thick mouthfeel.
After Taste: Apple dissipates and leaves a stronger cherry element. Cherry notes become a bit medicinal in nature but smooth. Lingers a long time.
On ice: Dramatic drop in cherry flavour.

Additional Notes:  Busl Cider’s Cerasus is a cherry infused cider that is on the thicker side!   It does start out primarily apple forward as it transitions to pretty much all cherry in the end. The cherry flavours are a bit dynamic, starting off more dry and tart and becoming more candied and medicinal tasting in the finish that lingers awhile. Don’t add ice to this one, you will miss a lot of the flavour. Enhanced cherry in the 2020 version compared to previous years.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Shale Ridge – Cherry Apple
More Sour – County – Feral
More Dry – Slabtown – Legendary Cherry
More Crisp – KW Craft – Wild Cherry

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Ernest – Spiced Cherry

Cider Profile:

Name: Ernest – Spiced Cherry
Sampled February 2021

Brand:  Ernest Cider Co.
Type: Flavoured – Mulled Cherry
Location of Brewing: Bond Head, 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 – Ernest online store
Flavour: Cherry and spices
Colour:  Cloudy rusty red with brown particles
Carbonation: Small, infrequently streaming bubbles


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Heavy cellaring notes, with some astringency. Gritty, dry cherry, Mild spices.
Initial Taste: Light bite with some quick, heavier astringency. Rustic & tart medium apple base. Aged dry cherries. Earthy, wood notes are primary over other elements.
After Taste: Apples diminish with cherries becoming slightly more forward. Mild spicing comes through that is cardamom focused. Woody barrel notes linger. Light smooth bourbon notes emerge.
On ice: Reduced carbonation. Flavours are warmer, less harsh elements overall.

Additional Notes:  Ernest’s Spiced Cherry is not the cider we were expecting – a) because it’s far from Ernest’s other offerings and b) it’s very driven by the barreling process and not as much cherry, apple or spicing as you may anticipate. Aged in bourbon barrels for 6 months, you get a bit of the spirit astringency up front, with some smooth bourbon notes near the finish. The apple that is there is dry and rustic, with the cherries coming through near the finish, but are subtle and more diluted tasting than you may anticipate. Mild spicing from cardamon comes through. You get a lot of wood flavours from the barreling as well, so this would appeal to barrel-aging fans and dry cider fans alike in particular.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 1.5
Sour – 3
Crisp – 1.5
Dry – 4
Fruity – 2

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Shale Ridge – Cherry Chocolate
More Sour – Steel Town – Daga Carmesi
More Dry – 
More Crisp – Slabtown – Legendary Cherry

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Shale Ridge – Cherry Chocolate

Cider Profile:

Name: Shale Ridge – Cherry Chocolate
Sampled February 2021

Brand: Shale Ridge Estate Winery
Type: Flavoured – Chocolate and Cherry
Location of Brewing: Thedford, ON
ABV: 7%
Website Link: shaleridgewinery.com
Ingredients: N/A
Gluten Free:  Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 750ml (bottle)
Availability: Shaler Ridge retail + online store
Flavour: Cherry + chocolate
Colour: Transparent rose gold
Carbonation: Small, frequently streaming bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Maraschino cherry. Light floral. Mild milk chocolate and sweet apple.
Initial Taste: Light bite. Bright apple base. Moves to a candied, preserved cherry flavour. Rose note.
After Taste: Becomes more cherry forward. Light and balanced chocolate notes come through.
On ice: Slightly thinner mouthfeel. Less chocolate.

Additional Notes:  Shale Ridge’s Cherry Chocolate cider is very reminiscent of a cherry-filled milk chocolate you’ll find in a mixed box of chocolates you’d give to a loved one. With a very candied maraschino cherry, its there for most of the flavour journey. The apple base is light and bright, leaning sweeter but not sugary.  A lighter chocolate note comes in near the finish and does not dominate. A light mouthfeel makes this an easy drinking experience and a bit sultry as well. Perfect for Valentines Day, as Shale Ridge intended.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – County – Blood Orange
More Sour – Reinhart’s – Strawberry Hibiscus
More Dry – Banjo Cider – Rouge
More Crisp – Ernest – Rubee

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Steel Town – Daga Carmesi

Cider Profile:

Name: Steel Town – Daga Carmesi
Sampled January 2021

Brand:  Steel Town Cider Co.
Type: Flavoured – sour cherry + black tea
Location of Brewing: Hamilton, ON
ABV: 6.2%
Website Link: steeltowncider.com
Ingredients: Pressed apples, montmorency cherry juice,
black tea, yeast

Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 355ml (can)
Availability: Steel Town retail + online stores
Flavour: Black tea + cherry
Colour:  Hazy rusty red
Carbonation: Medium, semi-streaming bubbles


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Punchy acidity. Black tea pungency. Acetic. Sour apple.
Initial Taste: Strong bite from acidity and some carbonation. Black tea notes that are gritty. Sour candied cherry. Acetic and rustic.
After Taste: Becomes more cherry focused with heritage apple notes more prevalent. Mild smokiness. Lingering acidity and sourness.
On ice: Watered down flavour and mouthfeel. More cherry notes come through. Less punchy overall.

Additional Notes:  This sour sidra-inspired offering from Steel Town, the Daga Carmesi, is unique but fits well into the portfolio of Steel Town offerings. The Montmorency Cherry notes are dynamic, being sour and candied at the same time. Added black tea adds flavour and mouthfeel, being gritty and natural in taste. Heritage and sour apple notes add to the overall punchiness of the cider. Acidic and acetic. Would have a niche fan base (totally our style). 

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Coffin Ridge – Lavender Earl Grey
More Sour – Revel – Sonata
More Dry – Ernest – Tea and Cookies
More Crisp – Slabtown – Legendary Cherry

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Bulwark – Sour Cherry

Cider Profile:

Name: Bulwark – Sour Cherry
Sampled October 2020

Brand:  Bulwark Ciders (Muwin Estate Wines Ltd.)
Type: Flavoured – Cherry
Location of Brewing: New Ross, Nova Scotia
ABV: 8.0%
Website Link: bulwarkcider.com
Ingredients: N/A
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 330ml (bottle)
Availability: Bulwark online and retail stores
Flavour: Cherry
Colour: Translucent, Vivid neon-orange
Carbonation: Mixed, frequently streaming bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Dessert apple with sweet and semi-tart cherries
Initial Taste: Light bite. Quickly acidic apples with some semi-tart fresh but not over-ripe cherries. Slightly candied in nature. Soft mouthfeel.
After Taste: Apple and acidity dissipate with some more sourness from the cherries coming in. Semi-quick and clean finish with a bit of dryness. Some candied notes in the finish also. Buttery hints.
On ice: Carbonation dramatically reduced. Thinner and tartness reduced.

Additional Notes:  The Sour Cherry by Bulwark has the classic clean, fresh and juicy apple, lightly blended with semi-tart cherries.  It’s upbeat and bright with a bit of tart and sourness to it but not overwhelming. Finishes clean with some candied notes.  

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Brickworks – Parkside Cherry
More Sour – No Boats on Sunday – Cranberry Rosé
More Dry – Slabtown – Legendary Cherry
More Crisp – Annapolis Cider Co. – Sour Cherry

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Hard Way – Catawampus

Cider Profile:

Name:   Hard Way – Catawampus
Sampled November 2020

Brand: Hard Way Cider Company
Type:
Flavoured – Black Cherry
Location of Brewing: Bath, ON
ABV:
9%
Website Link:
hardwaycider.com
Ingredients:  
Apple, black cherry juice, sulphites
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 355ml (can)
Availability: Hard Way retail store + online
Flavour:
Black Cherry
Colour:
Pale, peachy pink
Carbonation:
Small, infrequently streaming bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Some astringency and sweetness from bourbon. Medium apple and light cherry notes.
Initial Taste: Medium bite from carbonation and acidity/astringency. Sharp, crisp apple flavour. Hit of bourbon flavour that is astringent and yet also caramelized/vanilla.
After Taste: Bourbon flavour continues but mellows out. Black cherry finally comes through and lingers awhile. Ends dry with bourbon and cherry complimenting each other.
On ice: Carbonation and bourbon flavour is reduced. Smoother.

Additional Notes: The Catawampus from Hard Way is as hard (9%!) as it is to spell! With a prominent bourbon flavour from the barreling process, it dominates from start to finish, with the promised black cherry flavour appearing in the after taste to enhance and compliment from bourbon notes. Slightly astringent from the spirit. With vanilla and caramel hints, among the woody barreling notes, it has a lot going on but is very enjoyable. It’s a slow sipper in our opinion.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Busl – Cherry Cider
More Sour – Revel – Sonata
More Dry – Loch Mor –  Bootlegger (Whisky)
More Crisp – Slabtown – Legendary Cherry

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Revel – Sonata

Cider Profile:

Name: Revel – Sonata
Sampled October 2020

Brand:  Revel Cider Co.
Type: Flavoured – Cherry
Location of Brewing: Guelph, ON
ABV: 6.5%
Website Link: revelcider.ca
Ingredients: N/A
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 355ml (can)
Availability: Revel Online Store + Retail Store
Flavour: Cherry
Colour:  Cloudy vibrant red
Carbonation: Small, streaming bubbles 


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Farmhouse apple with some tart cherry.
Initial Taste: Medium bite from carbonation and acidity. Quickly tart, somewhat puckering bold cherry flavour that is slightly candied. Farmhouse forward with some mild acetic notes.
After Taste: Cherry remains and becomes more maraschino-like. Creamy, green apple-esque notes make a brief appearance. Gritty, slightly tart finish. Lingers awhile, including in the throat.
On ice: Reduced carbonation. Smoother mouthfeel and elements.

Additional Notes:  A unique take on a tart cherry cider, the Sonata from Revel is sour and funky. This cider doesn’t have a lot of traditional apple taste, it’s focused more on the cherry and fermentation process resulting in something a little different.  With some mild candied, maraschino-like flavours, it helps to balance the bold tart cherry flavours and other farmhouse elements. Imagine a fermented cherry jolly ranger and you’re close for this.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – West Avenue – Cherriosity
More Sour – 
More Dry – Slabtown – Legendary Cherry
More Crisp – Collective Arts – Circling the Sun

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Slabtown – Legendary Cherry

Cider Profile:

Name: Slabtown – Legendary Cherry
Sampled October 2020

Brand: Slabtown Cider Co.
Type: Flavoured – Cherry
Location of Brewing: Uxbridge, ON
ABV: 5.8%
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: Cherry
Colour:  Translucent, ruby-red
Carbonation: Small, streaming bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Dry and tart cherry. Some sour apple.
Initial Taste: Medium bite from acidity, strong tart Montmorency Cherry-like notes with some sweet apple.
After Taste: Apple reduces. Cherry becomes drier and more tart, somewhat syrupy. Extremely long lasting.
On ice: Reduced carbonation and slight flavour. Thinner mouth feel but overall still very strong. 

Additional Notes:  The Legendary Cherry by Slabtown is a bold, dry cherry offering. Very tart and thick, it has a stronger cherry flavour than many others in the Ontario market. More cherry juice than apple based, it is not a traditional cider. Major cherry jolly rancher vibes. Depth of some red wine varieties.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Bonnieheath – Folkin’ Hard Cherry Bomb
More Sour – 
More Dry – Banjo – Rouge Cider
More Crisp – West Ave – Cherriosity

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Fielding Craft – Cherry Rosé Cider

Cider Profile:

Name: Fielding Craft – Cherry Rosé Cider
Sampled August 2020

Brand:  Fielding Wines Limited
Type: Flavoured – Rosé
Location of Brewing: Beamsville, ON
ABV: 4.5%
Website Link: fieldingwines.com
Ingredients: N/A
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 473ml (can)
Availability: Fielding Retail Store + Online
Flavour: Rosé + Cherry
Colour:  Transparent, deep pink
Carbonation: Small, sparsely streaming bubbles


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Maraschino cherry with tart apple. Mild astringency.
Initial Taste: Mild bite. Crisp apple notes forward. Slightly tart, mildly acidic. Mild cherry hints.
After Taste: Apple flavour remains but cherry flavour grows. Cherry notes are tangy and candied. Generic floral hints. Off-dry finish that is smooth. Some tonic elements.
On ice: Reduced carbonation. More crisp but less flavour and body overall.

Additional Notes:  The Cherry Rosé Cider by Fielding does distinguish itself from other rosé ciders on the market with its candied, slightly tart maraschino cherry flavour. It’s very apple in the front, with tart apple flavours dominating at the beginning. You don’t get the cherry and mild floral notes until near the finish. Very sessionable, both in terms of alcohol content (4.5%) and ease of consumption.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Thornbury – Rosé
More Sour – Bonnieheath – Folk’n Hard Cherry Bomb
More Dry – Hinterland – Cherry Cider
More Crisp – Pommies – Red Sangria Cider

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Rood Apples – Sour Cherry Smaak 

Cider Profile:

Name: Rood Apples – Sour Cherry Smaak
Sampled April 2020

Brand: Creekside Estate Winery Inc.
Type:
Flavoured – Cherry
Location of Brewing:
Jordon, ON
ABV:
6%
Website Link:
roodaples.ca
Ingredients:
Apple juice, concentrated tart cherry juice, sugar, malic acid, sulphites, potassium sorbate
Gluten Free:
Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 750ml (glass)
Availability:
Creekside Estate Winery
Flavour:
Cherry
Colour:
Bright red
Carbonation:
Medium size bubbles, heavily streaming. Some foam.



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Sweet apple with hints of tart cherry.
Initial Taste: Medium bite from carbonation. Mix of semi-tart cherry and semi-sweet apples. Tart cherry becomes more powerful, then dissipates.
After Taste: Apple becomes more present in the aftertaste. Becomes drier with a somewhat more gritty mouth feel in the finish – with some tart elements (both apple and cherry).
On ice: Slightly more watered down with less flavour, but not a huge difference.

Additional Notes:  Semi-tart, candied and clean, the Tart Cherry Smaak by Rood Apples reminds us of a cherry jolly rancher (but not as sugary).  Balanced between the apple and the cherry, it’s not overpowering and easy to drink.  Carbonation is pretty strong, which helps the flavours pop.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Clafeld – Fruit Cocktail Cider
More Sour – Bonnieheath – Cherry Bomb Folkin’ Hard Cider
More Dry – West Avenue – Cherriosity
More Crisp – Pommies – Red Sangria

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Cider 101 – Dr. Peppercorn w/ Cherry!

Cider Profile:

Name: Cider 101 – Dr Peppercorn With Cherry     
Sampled October 2019

Brand:  Cider 101 (Niagara Teaching College)
Type:
Flavoured – Mixed
Location of Brewing:
Niagara, ON
ABV:
5.5%
Website Link:
niagaracollegewine.ca
Ingredients: N/A
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 750ml (bottle)
Availability: Limited availability – at College retail store
Flavour: Mixed (Soda-inspired)
Colour:  Rusty peach
Carbonation: Medium, very frequent streaming bubbles.



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Dessert-like apples. Very fresh, semi-sweet and flavourful. Hint of cherry.
Initial Taste: Medium bite from carbonation. Some astringency with semi-sweet dessert apples.
After Taste: Some vanilla and cherry notes are more present towards the end.  More flavour as the bottle warms and finishes. Tonic elements finish.
On ice: Carbonation and flavour are drastically reduced.

Additional Notes:  A very nose-heavy cider, the Dr. Peppercorn from 101 Cider is a cheeky take on the soda of a similar name.  When fresh, and a little warmer, it’s similar to a Dr. Pepper, with some vanilla and cherry notes (plus 21 other flavours?) to support a balanced dessert apple. However, this offering does not age well and becomes tonic in nature, so consume shortly after bottling (we had 2 bottles from the same batch, 3 months apart for reference).

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – County Cider – Blood Orange
More Sour – Collective Arts – Cherry & Apple Cider
More Dry – Clafeld – Rosehip Cider
More Crisp – Brickworks – Parkside Cherry

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West Avenue – Cherriosity

 

Cider Profile:

Name:   West Avenue – Cherriosity
Sampled April 2019

Brand: West Avenue Cider House
Type:
Flavoured – Cherry
Location of Brewing: Flamborough, ON
ABV:
8.5%
Website Link:
westavenue.ca
Ingredients:
N/A
Gluten Free:
Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 500mL (bottle)
Availability:
At retail store, online store + better beverage bars
Flavour:
Cherry
Colour:
Rusty orange with some red hues. Semi-transparent
Carbonation:
small frequently streaming



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong musty and earthy apples, with some tart cherry
Initial Taste: Light bite from some acidity. As carbonation dissipates, a semi-tart cherry with apple base become present. Apples, not overly strong, are most heritage tasting with some tannins.
After Taste: A semi-long lingering with cherry leads the way, though lots of notes from the fermentation process also present.  Finishes with some slight vinegar elements.
On ice: Becomes much flatter and thinner.  Less cherry flavour.

Additional Notes:  A mainstay in the cherry realm of ciders from West Avenue, Cherriosity is very tannic in nature, with some tart but not puckering cherries.  Lots of elements from the fermentation process, and not very sweet, it is a unique and different taste on a cherry than most other ciders. Think crushed and dark cherries, not very candied.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Heritage Estates – Eden’s Apple Strawberry Cider
More Sour – Heartwood Cidery – Eve Goes Badass
More Dry – Clafeld – Framboise Raspberry Cider
More Crisp – Collective Arts – Cherry Apple

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