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Slabtown – Ginger Spritz

Cider Profile:

Name: Slabtown – Ginger Spritz
Sampled June 2021

Brand:  Slabtown Cider Co.
Type: Flavoured – Ginger
Location of Brewing: Uxbridge, ON
ABV: 5.5%
Website Link: slabtowncider.com
Ingredients: N/A
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 750ml (bottle)
Availability: Slabtown retail + online stores
Flavour: Ginger
Colour:  Translucent, light-yellow
Carbonation: Small, infrequent bubbles


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Sweet ginger and hints of herby apple
Initial Taste: Light bite from carbonation. A smooth apple base with a light, balanced and non-intrusive ginger. Somewhat sweet. Tonic and herb hints.
After Taste: Little change between initial taste and aftertaste.  Elements of apple reduce leaving a little bit of a smooth, ginger ale-like taste and mouthfeel.
On ice: Cuts carbonation and slightly less ginger.

Additional Notes:  Slabtown’s Ginger Spritz is exactly that, a light apple offering that has a slightly sweet apple base, with a smooth, ginger forward flavour.  It is quite close to a low-carbonation ginger-ale soda, but still has a light, bright-apple base noticeable. Easy to drink. 

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet –
More Sour – KW Craft – Thai Ginger
More Dry – Kings Mill – Ontario Mule
More Crisp – Archibalds – Hard Ginger Cider

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East Street – Snow Day

Cider Profile:

Name: East Street – Snow Day
Sampled November 2020

Brand: East Street Cider Co.
Type: Flavoured – Mixed
Location of Brewing: Godritch, ON
ABV: 5.9%
Website Link: eaststreetcider.com
Ingredients: N/A
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content:  N/A

Size(s) available: 355ml (can)
Availability: East Street online and retail stores
Flavour: Plum, cardamom, cinnamon, hibiscus, ginger
Colour: Transparent peach
Carbonation: Large, semi-streaming bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Floral and spiced juicy plum. Sweet apple and spicy notes.
Initial Taste: Light bite from carbonation. Smooth sweet dessert apple that is juicy but not sugary. Spiced plum is strong and inviting. Some floral, hibiscus elements.
After Taste: Becomes less apple flavoured and turns a little creamy.  Spiced notes quickly peak and then dissipate resulting in a slightly more dry and spiced finished.  Slight ginger elements at the end.
On ice: Reduce spiced notes dramatically.

Additional Notes:  The Snow Day by East Street Cider Co. continues with the very full-bodied. mixed-flavours typically found in East Street offerings. It’s sweet but not sugary, a lot of flavour with spices that are present the whole journey.  A lot of depth in this, it’s best to not add ice in order to get the full effect of all the flavours. Very festive and delightful. Plum is unique, authentic and on par with seasonal sugar plum offerings that appear around the holidays. Spices are rich, warming and well balanced. 

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Thornbury – Spiced Apple
More Sour – Revel – Ostara Lilac
More Dry – Beaver Valley – Cranberry
More Crisp – Shale Ridge – Cranberry Spice

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KW Craft – Thai Ginger

Cider Profile:

Name: KW Craft – Thai Ginger
Sampled October 2020

Brand:  KW Craft Cider Inc.
Type: Flavoured – Pepper
Location of Brewing: Kitchener-Waterloo, ON
ABV: 6.7%
Website Link: kwcraftcider.com
Ingredients: Freshly pressed Ontario apples, champagne yeast, thai peppers,
ginger, cane sugar

Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 473ml (can)
Availability: 2020 Holiday Mixpack at LCBO + Online Retail Store
Flavour: Peppers + ginger
Colour:  Pale yellow, slight haze
Carbonation: Large, infrequently streaming bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Light aroma. Pulpy apple flesh, mild hints of ginger
Initial Taste: Strong bite and some heat from peppers. Quick earthy ginger. Fleshy apple notes
After Taste: Pepper heat reduces and its flavour grows stronger and more focused. Some spiciness travels to the throat. Lingers awhile. Dry finish with some ginger notes.
On ice: Spiciness is reduced. More ginger forward. Not as harsh overall.

Additional Notes:  KW Craft’s Thai Ginger is not a beginner cider but it is not too intense for those who can’t handle spicy foods generally. With a strong and forceful pepper heat, it does sting for a moment but isn’t too overpowering. The ginger is more noticeable near the end, with the spicy notes traveling and lingering in the throat for awhile. You also get more of the pepper flavour itself in the aftertaste after some of the heat dies down. Mild fleshy apple base helps to counteract some spiciness.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 1
Sour – 3
Crisp – 2.5
Dry – 4
Fruity – 4.5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – East Street – Harvest Botanical
More Sour – Beaver Valley – Ginger
More Dry – Heartwood – Eve Goes Badass
More Crisp –  Archibalds – Hard Ginger

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Bar Review – KW Craft Hot Ginger Cider 
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Beaver Valley – Ginger

Cider Profile:

Name: Beaver Valley – Ginger
Sampled September 2020

Brand:  Beaver Valley Winery Ltd.
Type: Flavoured – Ginger
Location of Brewing: Kimberely, ON
ABV: 7.5%
Website Link: bvcider.ca
Ingredients: N/A
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 750ml (bottle)
Availability: Beaver Valley Retail Store + Special Online Ordering
Flavour: Ginger
Colour:  Pale translucent yellow
Carbonation: Medium, infrequently streaming



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Bold earthy ginger root. Mild sweet apple.
Initial Taste: Strong bite from ginger and some acidity. Very forward earthy and dry ginger flavour. Some tannic apple notes.
After Taste: Ginger flavour remains strong, becomes a tad sweeter in nature. Apple notes also somewhat sweeter and creamier. Ends with ginger flavour lingering a long time, including in throat. 
On ice: Carbonation is dropped, becomes almost still. Ginger intensity reduced but not flavour.

Additional Notes:  Beaver Valley’s Organic Ginger is not messing around with ginger flavour. With a very heavy and forward ginger flavour from start to finish, it dominates the palate. Very earthy and root vegetable tasting, so if you don’t like ginger, this is not for you. But because of its intensity, it could have a cult following for those who do like ginger. Ice helps to reduce the intensity, becomes slightly more ginger-ale tasting as a result.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Archibalds – Hard Ginger Cider
More Sour – KW Craft – Thai Ginger
More Dry – 
More Crisp – Kings Mill – Ontario Mule Cider

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Kings Mill – Ontario Mule

Cider Profile:

Name: Kings Mill – Ontario Mule
Sampled April 2020

Brand:  Kings Mill Cider
Type:
Apple – Herbed
Location of Brewing:
Stirling, ON
ABV:
9%
Website Link:
kingsmillcider.ca
Ingredients:
Ontario apples, ginger, lemon balm, hops
Gluten Free:
Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 750mL (bottle)
Availability:
Kings Mill Retail Store + Online Store
Flavour:
Mojito
Colour:  
Cannery yellow, translucent
Carbonation:
Small, Infrequently streaming bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Lemon and ginger (that is similar to lime combined), with some clean, crisp apples.
Initial Taste: Light bite. An even blend of apple, lemon and some ginger to start that isn’t overly aggressive. Slight earthy notes.
After Taste:  Becomes more full-bodied as time goes on. First lemon, then ginger takes over as the final predominant flavour. Smooth and sweet, earthy ginger remains on the pallet a long time (and builds as you drink the bottle). Mild hops also noticeable at the finish.
On ice: smoother (Reduced carbonation) and lemon.

Additional Notes: Using a blend of ingredients, Kings Mill’s Ontario Mule does a fantastic job of mimicking the flavours of a traditional Moscow Mule recipe, but in cider form.  You would be understandably mistaken if you thought it had lime as a key ingredient, but the blend of lemon balm citrus elements with a smooth ginger (along with some heritage apples) could fool you.  It’s easy to drink, not too sweet or sour and balanced very well overall.  Throw in a small lime if you feel like it and be mindful of the 9% alcohol. Hops flavour is mild but we believe it helps to enhance the other flavours.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Ernest – Impeachmint
More Sour – Clafeld – Disco Lemonade
More Dry – Spirit Tree – Pear with Lavender 
More Crisp – Niagara Cider Company – No. 1 Dry

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