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Georgian Hills – Bartlett (2014)

Cider Profile:

Name: Georgian Hills – Frozen to the Core Bartlett (2014)
Sampled October 2020

Brand:  Georgian Hills Vineyards
Type: Iced – Perry
Location of Brewing: The Blue Mountains, ON
ABV: 9.6%
Website Link: georgianhillsvineyards.ca
Ingredients: N/A
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A 

Size(s) available: 375ml (bottle)
Availability: Georgian Hills Vineyards retail
and online store
Flavour: Pear
Colour:  Transparent golden orange
Carbonation: Still


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Syrupy and sweet pear.
Initial Taste: Medium bite from astringency. Thick mouthfeel with some quick, sharp alcohol notes. Bitter sweet, caramelized pear.
After Taste: Becomes more pear-like and less sweet.  Does not linger overly long. Slight syrup aftertaste. Almond and smoky notes.
On ice: Thinner, and not as bitterly sweet but similar overall.

Additional Notes:  The Georgian Hills Bartlett from 2014 is sweet and very Bartlett pear focused fortified offering. Almost juicy at times with some mild minerality hints. Caramelized notes come about amongst a thicker mouthfeel that has almond and smoky undertones to it. A mild astringency in the base but overall smooth and it has a smooth silky mouthfeel. 

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Ardiel – Victoria Pear 
More Sour – Kings Mill – Ice Cider
More Dry – Beaver Valley – Dry Pear
More Crisp – Loch Mor – Pommeau

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Prince Edward County – Ice Cider

Cider Profile:

Name: Prince Edward County – Ice Cider
Sampled October 2020

Brand: County Cider Company
Type: Iced Cider
Location of Brewing: Picton, ON
ABV: 11.5%
Website Link: countycider.com
Ingredients: N/A
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 375ml (bottle)
Availability: County Cider Retail Store and Online
Flavour: Apple
Colour:  Amber
Carbonation: Still


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Caramelized, astringent apples with some maple syrup notes.
Initial Taste: Minimal bite from some acidity. Slow building taste that is thick, creamy and fresh apple cider focused.  Some warming notes, slightly boozy and smooth.
After Taste:  Becomes more dry. More spices and caramel notes that linger.
On ice: Much less boozy and less flavoured. Cleans out quickly.

Additional Notes:  The Prince Edward County Iced Cider by County Cider is a warm, boozy iced cider. Caramel forward, slightly lighter in body than some other iced ciders.  A short but significant punchy astringency upfront that can wake you up! On-ice makes it loose all of its warmth and character, so have this one neat for the most authentic experience. It’s smooth and very easy to consume.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 3.5
Sour – 2
Crisp – 2
Dry – 2.5
Fruity – 3

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Rosewood – Legacy Cyser
More Sour – West Ave – Firecracker
More Dry – Kings Mill – Ice Cider
More Crisp – Loch Mor – Pommeau

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Coteau Rougemont – Framboise de Glace

Cider Profile:

Name:   Coteau Rougemont – Framboise de Glace
Sampled January 2020

Brand: Coteau Rougemont
Type:
Ice Cider – Flavoured
Location of Brewing: Rougemont, QC
ABV:
8.5%
Website Link:
coteaurougemont.com
Ingredients:
N/A
Gluten Free:
Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 200mL (bottle)
Availability:
SAQs across Quebec
Flavour:
Raspberry
Colour:
Maroon red/purple mix
Carbonation:
Still



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium sweet raspberry aroma. Smells concentrated with a hint of astringency
Initial Taste: No bite, smooth transition to a quick, sweet raspberry with slight tang. Mild astringency.  Slight fruit earthiness. Mild wild raspberry notes. Rather thick to consume.
After Taste: Continues to be a strong raspberry flavour. Slight sour, green apple flavours. Some notable astringency. End sweet and smooth and lingers long.
On ice: More crisp and thin. Becomes a more fruitier, traditional raspberry flavour.

Additional Notes:  This raspberry ice cider is a true delight, providing for a very raspberry forward drink that is smooth and sweet from start to finish. With mild green, sour apple flavours, it has a slight tang amongst the sweet notes. Could be cloyingly sweet to some. On ice, this cider has an even more fruit forward raspberry flavour, and it is much smoother to consume. At 200ml, the bottle goes quick so enjoy slowly.  Seems to age well as we’ve had it for a couple years now.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 4.5
Sour – 3
Crisp – 2.5
Dry – 3.5
Fruity – 4.5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Couteau Rougemont – Fizz Framboise
More Sour – No Boats on Sunday – Cranberry Rosé
More Dry –
More Crisp – 

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