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Slabtown – Mint Basil

Cider Profile:

Name: Slabtown – Mint Basil
Sampled March 2021

Brand:  Slabtown Cider Co.
Type: Flavoured – Herbed
Location of Brewing: Uxbridge, ON
ABV: 5.6%
Website Link: slabtowncider.com
Ingredients: N/A
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 750ml (bottle)
Availability: Seasonal – Slabtown retail + online stores
Flavour: Mint + Basil
Colour:  Translucent pale yellow
Carbonation: Small frequently streaming bubbles


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Light aroma. Pulpy apple. Hint of earthy herbs.
Initial Taste: Light bite from carbonation but it’s tingly in the mouth. Earthy basil amongst the light, smooth apple base.
After Taste: Mild soothing mint comes through. Apple remains the same but becomes even lighter. Doesn’t linger long.
On ice: Cuts carbonation a lot. Lighter apple presence.

Additional Notes:  Slabtown’s Mint Basil is one of the lightest offerings we’ve had from this cidery thus far. With a smooth, pulpy apple base, you get a bit of earthy basil upfront and some mild smoothing mint near the finish, but it’s not too intense or ‘herby’. A very tingly carbonation in this cider – drink on ice if it is too much for you since it cuts it a lot.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Ernest – Impeachmint
More Sour – Collective Arts – Raspberry Mojito
More Dry – Kings Mill – Mojito
More Crisp – Brickworks – Mint & Basil Cider

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Collective Arts – Raspberry Mojito

Cider Profile:

Name: Collective Arts – Raspberry Mojito
Sampled February 2021

Brand:  Collective Arts Brewing
Type: Flavoured – Raspberry, lime and mint
Location of Brewing: Hamilton, ON
ABV: 5.7%
Website Link:
Ingredients: Apples, raspberry juice concentrate, lime juice,
spearmint oil, raspberry flavour, yeast, sulphites

Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 473ml (can)
Availability: Occasional release, Collective Arts online
+ retail stores

Flavour: Raspberry + mojito
Colour:  Deep ruby red with purple hues
Carbonation: Medium streaming bubbles

 


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Tart rich raspberries. Tangy lime. Hint of mint.
Initial Taste: Medium bite. Dessert apple followed by tart, pulpy raspberries. Lime tang.
After Taste: Raspberries overtake apples. Spearmint then becomes dominant. Mint is slightly earthy, cooling and natural – and lingers awhile. Lime hangs out a bit too.
On ice: Reduced carbonation. Weakened spearmint.

Additional Notes:  Collective Art’s Raspberry Mojito is exactly as promised. While there is a bit of an apple taste to begin, it’s raspberry forward for most of the journey. With some tangy lime and a strong spearmint finish, it’s an accurate representation of the fusion cocktail they aimed to mimic in this cider. Tart raspberries taste natural and muddled, with some memories of a cranberry cider from the sour notes and mouthfeel. 

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Ernest – Impeachmint
More Sour – Steeltown – Daga Carmesi
More Dry – Kings Mill – Ontario Mule
More Crisp – Slabtown – Mojito de Manzana

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Slabtown – Mojito De Manzana

Cider Profile:

Name: Slabtown – Mojito De Manzana
Sampled September 2020

Brand:  Slabtown Cider Co.
Type: Flavoured – Lime and Mint
Location of Brewing: Uxbridge, ON
ABV: 6.4%
Website Link: slabtowncider.com
Ingredients: N/A 
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 750ml (bottle)
Availability: Slabtown Retail Store
Flavour: Lime
Colour:  Transparent golden-yellow, with lime particles
Carbonation: Small, semi-streaming bubbles


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Herby-mint with some lime elements.  Mild apple.
Initial Taste: Light bite. Quickly sour with lime elements that blend with a creamy and juicy apple taste.
After Taste: Relatively short aftertaste that clears out with some lime zest elements.  A bit of sweet apple taste.  Lime elements remain in the mouth. Some mint and salty aftertaste.
On ice: Carbonation drastically reduced, lime reduced.

Additional Notes:  A zippy cider that is tamed by the herby-mint elements, the Mojito De Manzana by Slabtown cider is unique with its added lime juice and pulp after the fermentation.  Flakes of lime are present, but not overpowering.  Almost like a limeade alternative with an apple base. If it’s too much, on-ice reduces the lime, mint and saltiness. 

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Ernest – Impeachmint
More Sour – Revel Cider – All Day
More Dry – Kings Mill – Ontario Mule
More Crisp – Crimson Cider – Mint to Be

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Ernest – Impeachmint

Cider Profile:

Name:   Ernest – Impeachmint
Sampled June 2020

Brand: Ernest Cider (Farris Farms)
Type:
Flavoured – Peach and mint
Location of Brewing: Bond Head, ON
ABV:
5.8%
Website Link:
ernestcider.com
Ingredients:  
Apples, peaches, honey, organic cane sugar, mint, natural flavours
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: 31 g/L

Size(s) available: 473mL (can)
Availability:
LCBO and Ernest online store
Flavour:
Peach and mint
Colour:
Golden yellow
Carbonation:
Small, infrequently streaming bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Peach juice forward. Mild tangy apple hints. Slight zippiness from mint.
Initial Taste: No bite. Quickly candied peach juice tasting. Some dessert red apples notes.
After Taste: Peach flavour continues and grows. Earthy, zippy mint to finish that is refreshing and semi-cooling.
On ice: Mint is almost entirely reduced. Almost just a peach juice.

Additional Notes: The Impeachmint by Ernest is made for easy drinking, with a strong peach flavour from start to finish, and a cooling mint to end the drinking experience. Candied and sweet, the peach is bold and forward – very juicy. Not a lot of apple, but what is there is a tangy, red dessert apple taste.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 4
Sour – 3
Crisp – 2.5
Dry – 2
Fruity – 5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – County – Peach Cider
More Sour – Brickworks – Mint and Basil Cider
More Dry – Slabtown – Cucumber Mint Cider
More Crisp – Shiny Cider – Peach

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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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