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Pierre Huet – Poiré Demi-Sec

Cider Profile:

Name: Pierre Huet – Poiré Demi Sec
Sampled April 2021

Brand:  Calvados Pierre Huet
Type: Perry – French
Location of Brewing: Cambemer, France
ABV: 2%
Website Link: calvados-huet.com
Ingredients: Pears, yeast, sulphites
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A 

Size(s) available: 750ml (bottle)
Availability: Limited – LCBO Vintages
Flavour: Pear
Colour:  Transparent golden yellow
Carbonation: Small streaming bubbles


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Fleshy pear with some tannins. Cellaring notes. Thick, syrupy.
Initial Taste: Minimal bite. Crisp, juicy pear that is thick and concentrated. Honey and grass notes. Sweet fruit.
After Taste: Pear becomes slightly more tart. A bit of alcohol notes come through. Sweet finish. Lingers a while with a bit of film.
On ice: Becomes slightly thinner. Reduced alcohol taste. Seems sweeter overall.

Additional Notes:  The Poiré Demi-Sec by Pierre Huet has some familiar characteristics with Normandy apple cidres but surprised us in how thick and sweet it really was. With a strong, crisp, juicy pear to start, it’s sweet throughout, with the pear notes only becoming a bit tart near the finish. Some alcohol notes make it seem much stronger than the 2% it is. A thick, syrupy, concentrated mouthfeel has memories of fortified ciders. 

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 4.5
Sour – 3.5
Crisp – 4
Dry – 1.5
Fruity – 4.5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – 
More Sour – Duntroon – Two Parish Perry
More Dry – FieldBird – Perry Sur Lie
More Crisp – 

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Pierre Huet – Cidre Bouché Brut

Cider Profile:

Name: Pierre Huet – Cidre Bouché Brut
Sampled March 2021

Brand:  Calvados Pierre Huet
Type: Apple – French Cidre
Location of Brewing: Cambremier, France
ABV: 4.5%
Website Link: calvados-huet.com/gb
Ingredients: Apples, yeast, sulphites
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 750ml (bottle)
Availability: LCBO Vintages + LCBO online store
(Chalk, Slate Gravel import)

Flavour: Apple
Colour:  Transparent, rustic orange
Carbonation: Small, streaming bubbles


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Sweet, caramelized, pulpy bittersweet apples. Cellar/musty notes.
Initial Taste: Minimal bite, but quickly thick. Heavy and rich bittersweet apples that are caramelized. Underlying astringency that is dull. Syrupy golden apples with some mild tart notes.
After Taste: Apple remains similar, becomes slightly more dry. Cellar/aged/musty notes come through. Long lingering elements.
On ice: Much thinner. Reduced flavour. Less sweet.

Additional Notes:  Pierre Huet’s Cidre Bouché Brut is a rustic, aged beauty that can mentally transport you to an old world cellar. Very rich, it’s got a thick mouthfeel that is syrupy and leaves a film. Heavy bittersweet apples define this with caramelized notes, amongst some mild crab apple hints. Tastes very aged, with sharp cellar notes that taste like damp wood but trust us, if you’re a fan like us, its very delicious. Dry mouthfeel that is gritty and long lingering.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 4
Sour – 2.5
Crisp – 1.5
Dry – 3
Fruity – 4

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Kupela -Bizia Semi-Dry
More Sour – Spirit Tree – Crabapple Rose 2019
More Dry – Duntroon – Bittersweet Symphony 
More Crisp – Heemans – New Traditions

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Domaine de la Marotière – Bouche Bio Brut

Cider Profile:

Name: Domaine de la Marotière – Cidre Bouche Bio Brut
Sampled December 2020

Brand: Domaine du Marotière
Type: Apple – French Cidre
Location of Brewing: Marotière, France
ABV: 6%
Website Link: N/A
Ingredients: N/A
Gluten Free: N/A
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 750ml (bottle)
Availability: International Import
Flavour: Apple
Colour: Translucent, rusty-yellow
Carbonation: Medium, frequently streaming bubbles.


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Sweet pulpy and syrupy apple with some cellar notes.
Initial Taste: Light bite. Bitter sweet apples with some slight earthy notes. Cellar, aged aspects.
After Taste: Dryness builds and dissipates, leaving a slight film and sweet, syrupy finish. Tannins linger. Slight smokey notes.
On ice: Dramatically watered down, avoid in most cases.

Additional Notes:  A little more traditional apple forward then other Normandy ciders, the Cidre Bouche Bio Brut by Cidre du Marotière is full bodied and semi-sweet.  A little bit of syrupy notes and feel (traditional in a Normandy-style cider) compliment the sharp dry roughness of the cider.  It’s smoother than it smells, it has very rustic, late-season apple elements to it that match the richness of the colour. Tannic and very satisfying for the style.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Dupont – Reserve
More Sour – Farmgate – Founders Reserve
More Dry – Le Pere Jules – Cidre de Normandie
More Crisp – Twin Pines – Hammer Bent Organic Cider

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Kupela – Bizia Semi-Dry

Cider Profile:

Name: Kupela – Bizia Semi-Dry
Sampled October 2020

Brand: Kupela Sagardoa – Cidre basque
Type: Apple – Sidra
Location of Brewing: Anglet, France
ABV: 4%
Website Link: kupela.fr
Ingredients: N/A
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: 45 g/L

Size(s) available: 750ml (bottle)
Availability: LCBO (Ontario – 2020)
Flavour: Apple
Colour: Translucent, golden-yellow
Carbonation: Medium and large, frequently streaming bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Light aroma. Sweet dessert apples w/ some pulpy elements. Very effervescent.
Initial Taste: Light bite from carbonation. Sweet caramelized dessert apples. Some tannic and bitter sharp apple notes.
After Taste: Becomes drier, and sweetness reduces.  More bittersharp apples and some vanilla/caramel notes present.  Exits the mouth somewhat fast.
On ice: Less apple flavour, somewhat reduced.

Additional Notes:  The Kupela is a fresh apple-tasting cider collaboration from the Basque region of Spain and a company from France.  Unlike many other Basque ciders, it’s very apple forward, quite clean (filtered) and light.  Sweet but not quite sugary, light in AVB at 4%. This would be an easy transition from a commercial cider to something a bit more traditional. 

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 4
Sour – 2
Crisp – 4
Dry – 2.5
Fruity – 3.5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet –
More Sour – 
More Dry – 
More Crisp – 

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Cidre Le Costaud

Cider Profile:

Name: Cidre Le Costaud
Sampled July 2019

Brand: Domaine Pacory
Type:
Apple – French Cidre
Location of Brewing:
Mantilly, France
ABV:
5.9%
Website Link:
pacory.eu
Ingredients:
Apples
Gluten Free:
Yes
Sugar Content: N/ASize(s) available: 750mL (glass)
Availability:
Special Import (Chalk, Slate, Gravel – Toronto)
Flavour: Apple
Colour:
Hazy rusty-orange
Carbonation:
Fine, frequently streaming. Mild foam.


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium-strong aroma. Sulphur notes and earthy apples with a syrupy essence.
Initial Taste: Light bite. Quickly smooth with sweet, caramelized apple flavours.  Crisp with minimal sour/tart/bitter notes.
After Taste: Remains sweet with some syrupy notes. Smooth and easy throughout. Calvados aging comes though at the completion of the flavour journey.
On ice: Carbonation removed almost completely, somewhat more metallic.

Additional Notes:  A rustic Normandy cider, the Cidre le Coutard is smoother than many other Normandy-styles we have tried.  It’s lighter, not as thick but still very smooth and within the Normandy classification.  Aged in Calvados barrels, it only picks up mild hints and means it’s easy to consume.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 3.5
Sour – 1.5
Crisp – 3.5
Dry – 3
Fruity – 3

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Kings Mill – Ice Cider
More Sour – Le Pere Jules – Cidre de Normandie
More Dry – Eric Bordelet – Sidre Brut Tendre
More Crisp – Dupont – Cidre Reserve

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Dupont – Cidre Reserve

Cider Profile:

Name:   Dupont – Cidre Reserve
Sampled October 2019

Brand: Famille Dupont
Type: Apple – French Cidre
Location of Brewing:
Victot-Pontfol, France
ABV:
7.5%
Website Link:
Calvados-dupont.com
Ingredients:  
N/A
Gluten Free:
Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 750ml  (bottle)
Availability:
LCBO Vintages 
Flavour:
Apple
Colour:  
Rusty Orange
Carbonation:
Medium, streaming bubbles, some foam.



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma, semi-astringent and earthy.  Some creamy notes and old-world apples. Some caramel and vanilla
Initial Taste: Light bite from carbonation, followed by a smooth, semi-sweet and crisp clean heritage apple flavour.  Some pear and wood notes.
After Taste: Mild tanginess, has some spices that add to the woodiness. Not overly long lingering but has a slight film. Calvados more present in the aftertaste, and the longer the bottle is open.
On ice: Carbonation, calvados and some harshness reduced.

Additional Notes:  Clean, smother and lighter then most French ciders of this nature, the Dupont Cidre Reserve is apple forward and very easy to drink.  Smells much mustier then it actually is, the barrel-aging adds a nice, simple and light kick of calvados spirit – especially the warmer the cider gets. You also get a pleasant wood flavour from the barrels. Lightly spiced but very clean.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet –
More Sour – Eric Bordelet – Poire Autentique
More Dry – Le Pere Jules – Cidre de Normandy
More Crisp – Pierre Huet – Appellation Cirde Pays D’auge Protegee

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Louis de Lauriston – Pommeau de Normandie

Cider Profile:

Name: Louis de Lauriston – Pommeau de Normandie
Sampled August 2019

Brand:  Louis de Lauriston
Type:
Pommeau
Location of Brewing:
Domfront, France
ABV:
17%
Website Link:
http://m.calvados-lauriston.com
Ingredients:
Apple Juice, Calvados
Gluten Free:
Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 700ml (Bottle)
Availability:
LCBO Vintages 2019 (Special Order) via Slate Chalk Gravel
Flavour:
Apple
Colour:  
Rust, hazy
Carbonation:
None visible, still



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong astringent aroma. Syrupy, sour and sweet apples.
Initial Taste: Harsh bite from acidity. Strong ,sharp musty apples with some semi-sweet notes
After Taste: Lingers a long time. Becomes smoother and sweeter at the end but still has lingering astringency.  Has a film-like mouth feel.
On ice: Lighter, less astringent but also less flavourful.

Additional Notes:  Pommeaus are a mix between the apple based liquor style Calvados and apple juice (at around 50/50). The Louis de Lauriston is musty and astringent but easier to drink than a straight calvados.  It’s still, long lasting and quite flavourful.  Reminds us of a thick, natural, non-alcoholic, non-filtered cider.  Fresh tasting.  Nice as an aperitif or a digestif.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 3
Sour – 3.5
Crisp – 1.5
Dry – 3.5
Fruity – 3

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Great Cider – Ice Cider
More Sour – 
More Dry – Calvados Boulard – Pays d’auge
More Crisp – 

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