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Slabtown – Mint Cucumber

Cider Profile:

Name: Slabtown – Mint Cucumber
Sampled August 2020

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

Size(s) available: 750ml (bottle)
Availability: Seasonal – Slabtown Retail Store
Flavour: Mint and Cucumber
Colour:  Transparent yellow/green hue
Carbonation: Large infrequently streaming bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Very cucumber forward. Green apple-like notes. Hint of mint.
Initial Taste: Minimal bite. Quick green, tart apple notes. Bold authentic cucumber taste takes over very quickly.
After Taste: Cucumber remains the same with the mint finally emerging. Crisp, tangy spearmint lingers awhile. Becomes cooling, and is refreshing.
On ice: Some tang reduced but minimal flavour disruption.

Additional Notes:  The Mint Cucumber by Slabtown is a boldly flavoured cider that has a very accurate cucumber taste that doesn’t shy away from the vegetal or earthy aspects of the produce. The mint isn’t initially noticeable but it comes out strong near the end, a spearmint-like flavour, and is rather cooling for the palate. The apple base seems to have tart green apple notes in it. Not a sweet cider but not too dry either.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Ernest – Impeachmint
More Sour – Crimson Cider – Mint to Be
More Dry – Kings Mill – Ontario Mule
More Crisp – Brickworks – Mint and Basil

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Crimson Cider – Mint To Be

Cider Profile:

Name:   Crimson Cider – Mint To Be
Sampled June 2020

Brand:  Crimson Cider Co.
Type:
Flavoured – Cucumber and Mint
Location of Brewing:
Picton, ON
ABV:
5.9%
Website Link:
crimsoncidercompay.com
Ingredients
: N/A
Gluten Free
: N/A
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 750ml (bottle)
Availability:
Crimson Cider retail and online stores
Flavour:
Mint & Cucumber
Colour:
Pale yellow with a slight green hue
Carbonation:
Small, frequently streaming bubbles.


 

Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Cucumber forward with some natural mint and light dessert apples.
Initial Taste: Light bite from carbonation. First moment is a tart, crisp apple, but it very quickly changes to a strong, fresh and juicy cucumber. Cucumber is muddled in nature and slightly earthy.
After Taste: As the flavour dissipates, mint becomes more noticeable.  Apple returns at the end of the after taste.
On ice: Slightly less apple and more cucumber.

Additional Notes:  A very unique cider, the Mint to Be by Crimson Cider Co. is very cucumber forward, with some fresh mint and dessert apples.  Slightly earthy with some muddled notes. It has a lovely, intense aroma which matches the strong flavour.  It almost has vodka undertone, though Crimson suggests having a shot of Gin with it.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Ernest – Impeachmint
More Sour – Hard Way – Loco Blanco (“dos”)
More Dry – Kings Mill – Ontario Mule
More Crisp – Ardiel – Victoria Pear

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