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Spirit Tree – Winter Bliss

Cider Profile:

Name: Spirit Tree – Winter Bliss
Sampled January 2021

Brand:  Spirit Tree Estate Cidery
Type: Flavoured – Mixed
Location of Brewing: Caledon, ON
ABV: 6.5%
Website Link: spirittreecider.com
Ingredients: N/A
Gluten Free: N/A
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 473ml (can)
Availability: Spirit Tree online and retail store
Flavour: Apple, maple syrup, molasses, orange peel
Colour: Translucent, dark golden-yellow
Carbonation: Infrequently streaming small bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Sweet and thick fortified-like apple. Some maple syrup notes.
Initial Taste: Light bite from carbonation. Thick, syrupy, crisp apple taste that’s similar to an iced cider. Semi-sweet apple notes. Mild maple and earthy elements.
After Taste:  Cleans out somewhat quickly without much residual notes.  Some darker sugar elements, including the molasses, appear briefly. Almost a gummy aftertaste, possibly from the orange peel.
On ice: Carbonation reduced. Little other change.

Additional Notes:  The Winter Bliss by Spirit Tree is a thicker cider, elements similar to that of an iced cider without the astringency and harshness. It’s a semi-sweet apple taste that matches the dark golden colour. Quite clean (little fermentation or alcohol notes) with a little bit of a brown sugar/maple syrup/molasses finish.  Not much orange noticeable other than a possible gummied taste near the finish. A rustic cider with a farmhouse essence. Stands out, unlike any other Ontario craft cider we’ve had.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 4
Sour – 2
Crisp – 4.5
Dry – 2
Fruity – 4 

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – 
More Sour – Ernest – Winter’s Blush
More Dry – Heartwood – Wassail
More Crisp – 

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Domaine Cléroux – Nation Spiked (Medium Dry)

Cider Profile:

Name:   Domaine Cléroux Nation Spiked (Medium Dry)
Sampled June 2020

Brand: Domaine Cléroux
Type:
Apple – Crisp
Location of Brewing: Casselman, ON
ABV:
6.5%
Website Link:
domainecleroux.ca
Ingredients:
Apples, maple syrup, sulfites
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 500mL (bottle)
Availability:
At Domaine Cléroux, Retail Store, Cassel Brewery
Flavour:
Apple
Colour:
Transparent golden yellow
Carbonation:
Medium, infrequently streaming bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Crisp, fresh and candied apple notes, including green apple. Smells almost hopped.
Initial Taste: Medium bite from acidity, mild bite from carbonation. Quickly fresh, fleshy dessert apple. Mild maple syrup hints that are semi-earthy.  Somewhat tangy.
After Taste: Apple flavour continues the same, is rather crisp. Ends semi-dry, with brown sugar notes.
On ice: Thinner mouthfeel. More alcohol and earthy notes emerge.

Additional Notes: A very country, rural inspired cider, this medium-dry maple syrup-infused cider from Domaine Cléroux is very juicy and apple forward, with a rustic edge to it. Rather clean and crisp, it refreshes and satisfies. Has a unique brown sugar finish, despite it not listing it as an ingredient.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Reinhart’s Red Apple – Strong
More Sour – Stock & Row – Slow & Low
More Dry – Pommies – Farmhouse
More Crisp – Duxbury Cider – Heritage 1650

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