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Chill Street – Squeeze The Day

Cider Profile:

Name: Chill Street – Squeeze The Day
Sampled March 2021

Brand:  Chill Street Brewing
Type: Flavoured – Guava
Location of Brewing: Elmsdale, NS
ABV: 5.9%
Website Link: chillstreetbrewing.com
Ingredients: N/A
Gluten Free: N/A
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 473ml (can)
Availability: Chill St retail + online store
Flavour: Guava
Colour:  Transparent sunshine yellow
Carbonation: Medium streaming bubbles


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Punchy and juicy sour guava with some sweet apple.
Initial Taste: Medium bite from carbonation. Semi-strong sour acidic guava with apple blend. Slightly tart and earthy.
After Taste: Becomes drier and more earthy.  Less apple and slightly reduced guava overall.  Finishes dry.
On ice: Reduced carbonation.

Additional Notes:  The Squeeze The Day by Chill Street is unique as the Guava really dominates, instead of the apple. It means it’s a surprising taste, as the guava has a lot of similar characteristics to a very dry and earthy apple.  One of the least sweet of the Chill Street offerings we’ve had. Slightly earthy and a little bit acidic and decently sour.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 1.5
Sour – 3.5
Crisp – 2
Dry – 3.5
Fruity – 3.5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Brickworks – Pineapple Agave
More Sour – Steel Town – Guava AF
More Dry – 
More Crisp – Coffin Ridge – Tropical Hopped

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Chill St – It’s A Vibe

Cider Profile:

Name: Chill St – It’s A Vibe
Sampled May 2021

Brand: Chill Street Cider
Type: Flavoured – Pineapple and Wine
Location of Brewing: Elmsdale, NS
ABV: 7%
Website Link: chillstreetcraftbeverageco.com
Ingredients: N/A
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 473ml (can)
Availability: Chill St. Retail, Online Store and locally in Nova Scotia
Flavour: Pineapple + Pinot Grigio
Colour: Translucent, Dark yellow
Carbonation: Large, frequently streaming bubbles.  More on ice. 


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Candied pineapple on top of a slightly astringent white wine.
Initial Taste: Light bite from carbonation. A sweet fruity pineapple with some creaminess. Candied and not a particularly natural pineapple flavour.
After Taste: Pineapple reduces and pinot notes surface, though remaining still very “fruit wine like” in nature.  Some floral elements, finishing soft.
On ice: Dramatically reduced flavour.

Additional Notes:  The “it’s a vibe” by Chill Street is a light, fruit wine inspired blend. With only a little bright apple, it’s much more of a cooler than a cider option. Pineapple is sweet but not sugary, balanced well with the Pinot Grigio. Easily crushable but still somewhat sweet. Quite watered-down when on-ice. 

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – No Boats on Sunday – Peach
More Sour – Revel – Mithras
More Dry – Slabtown – Pineapple Mimosa
More Crisp – 7 Shores – Peach Vanilla

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Chill Street – Afternoon Delight

Cider Profile:

Name: Chill Street – Afternoon Delight
Sampled February 2021

Brand:  Chill Street Craft Beverage Co.
Type: Apple – Wine-Infused
Location of Brewing: Elmdale, NS
ABV: 7.2%
Website Link: chillstreetcraftbeverageco.com
Ingredients: N/A
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 473ml (can)
Availability: Chill Street retail + online store
Flavour: Peach
Colour: Transparent yellow
Carbonation: Mixed size bubbles, frequently streaming bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium bright aroma. A candied peach with some astringent notes. White grape and slight sweet dessert apple.
Initial Taste: Minimal bite. Smooth, juicy and sweet peach, some light white grape notes and a touch of dessert apples.
After Taste: Apple dissipates, leaving a bright, white grape/peach fruit wine element (minimal traditional riesling notes, even though it is a blend of that).  Non-apple elements linger. Slightly astringent but mild compared to a typical riesling aftertaste. 
On ice: Very little, if any change.

Additional Notes:  Chill Street’s Afternoon Delight is a blended cider/wine drink.  Smooth and more fruit-like than a typical riesling, its got some white grape notes, smooth and juicy peach along with a touch of sweet, dessert apples.   Blended so it remains soft and does not pick up any strong distinct notes from the wine or cider.  Easily could be confused for a Peach fruit wine. Light and easy to drink.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – County – Peach
More Sour – Brickworks – Stadium Island Peach
More Dry – Ernest – Impeachmint
More Crisp – 

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Chill St. – Nuts Over You

Cider Profile:

Name: Chill Street – Nuts Over You
Sampled March 2021

Brand:  Chill Street Brewing
Type: Flavoured – Almond
Location of Brewing: Elmsdale, NS
ABV: 5.9%
Website Link: chillstreetbrewing.com
Ingredients: N/A
Gluten Free: N/A
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 473ml (can)
Availability: Chill St retail + online store
Flavour: Almond
Colour:  Transparent straw yellow
Carbonation: Medium streaming bubbles


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Heavy amaretto & almond. Sweet dessert apple hints.
Initial Taste: Minimal bite. Quick and strong amaretto taste, that includes some astringency like the liquor. Creamy dessert apple base. Dark cherry notes.
After Taste: Amaretto remains strong and lingers, with some more generic almond-like notes. Mild bitterness. Some lemony-hints. Clean finish, lingering flavour notes.
On ice: Carbonation and astringency reduced. Flavour is the same, easier to determine elements.

Additional Notes:  Chill Street’s Nuts Over You is a wonderful take on an amaretto-tasting cider. With a strong flavour and even some astringency, it is very close to the beloved liqueur from Italy. The apple base is creamy and soft, allowing for the other flavours to shine. Some dark cherry notes in the beginning and mild lemony notes in the finish help add depth and authenticity to its take on an amaretto spirit. Has a very long lingering flavour. Potential allergy warning due to the nuts.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – 7 Shores – Peach Vanilla
More Sour – Annapolis Cider – Earl Blue
More Dry – Bulwark – Rum Cider
More Crisp – No Boats on Sunday

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Chill St – Berry Naughty

Cider Profile:

Name: Chill St – Berry Naughty
Sampled February 2021

Brand: Chill Street Cider
Type: Flavoured – Strawberry and lime
Location of Brewing: Elmsdale, NS
ABV: 5.2%
Website Link: chillstreetcraftbeverageco.com
Ingredients: N/A 
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A 

Size(s) available: 473ml (can)
Availability: Chill St. retail and online store
Flavour: Strawberry lime
Colour: Transparent, light orange/peach
Carbonation: Small, streaming bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Sweet strawberry and candied dessert apple.
Initial Taste: Light bite from carbonation. Light mouthfeel with sweet candied strawberry and supporting dessert apples.
After Taste: Apple dissipates with a slight film. Strawberry remains awhile. Some sweet lime present in the aftertaste.  Somewhat long lingering.
On ice: Reduced carbonation

Additional Notes:  The Berry Naughty by Chill Street Ciders is a light and sweet offering that is very strawberry forward with candied notes.  It’s bright, lightly carbonated and lingers a while in the mouth.  Comparable to some international brands like Rekorderlig & Kopparberg Strawberry Lime ciders.  

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 4.5
Sour – 2
Crisp – 3.5
Dry – 1.5
Fruity – 4

Next recommendations:
More Sweet –
More Sour – Annapolis Cider – Sour Cherry
More Dry – Bulwark – Blush
More Crisp – No Boats on Sunday – Dry Rosé

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Chill Street – Skinny Dippin’

Cider Profile:

Name: Chill Street – Skinny Dippin’
Sampled February 2021

Brand:  Chill Street Craft Beverage Co.
Type: Apple – Crisp
Location of Brewing: Elmdale, NS
ABV: 5%
Website Link: chillstreetcraftbeverageco.com
Ingredients: N/A
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 473ml (can)
Availability: Chill Street retail + online store
Flavour: Apple
Colour: Clear, sunshine yellow
Carbonation: Small, frequently streaming bubbles


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Bright, sweet, crisp bitter sharp apples. Pear-like notes.
Initial Taste: Minimal bite. Quick burst of light, bright apples. Soft, dessert apple medley.
After Taste: Apple flavour continues the same but dissipates. More peel notes come through. Mild tonic notes. Crisp, semi-clean finish.
On ice: Almost eliminates the carbonation. Reduced flavour.

Additional Notes:  Chill Street’s Skinny Dippin’ is a very light, soft, and bright apple cider. Runs more sweet but not sugary, it has wide commercial appeal. A very delicate apple medley tickles the palate from start to finish. An approachable cider, especially for new hard cider fans. Falls very well into the Nova Scotia style of ciders.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – No Boats on Sunday – Original
More Sour – Scow Craft Cider
More Dry – Bulwark – Rum
More Crisp – Chain Yard- Foundation

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Bulwark – Sour Cherry

Cider Profile:

Name: Bulwark – Sour Cherry
Sampled October 2020

Brand:  Bulwark Ciders (Muwin Estate Wines Ltd.)
Type: Flavoured – Cherry
Location of Brewing: New Ross, Nova Scotia
ABV: 8.0%
Website Link: bulwarkcider.com
Ingredients: N/A
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 330ml (bottle)
Availability: Bulwark online and retail stores
Flavour: Cherry
Colour: Translucent, Vivid neon-orange
Carbonation: Mixed, frequently streaming bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Dessert apple with sweet and semi-tart cherries
Initial Taste: Light bite. Quickly acidic apples with some semi-tart fresh but not over-ripe cherries. Slightly candied in nature. Soft mouthfeel.
After Taste: Apple and acidity dissipate with some more sourness from the cherries coming in. Semi-quick and clean finish with a bit of dryness. Some candied notes in the finish also. Buttery hints.
On ice: Carbonation dramatically reduced. Thinner and tartness reduced.

Additional Notes:  The Sour Cherry by Bulwark has the classic clean, fresh and juicy apple, lightly blended with semi-tart cherries.  It’s upbeat and bright with a bit of tart and sourness to it but not overwhelming. Finishes clean with some candied notes.  

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Brickworks – Parkside Cherry
More Sour – No Boats on Sunday – Cranberry Rosé
More Dry – Slabtown – Legendary Cherry
More Crisp – Annapolis Cider Co. – Sour Cherry

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Bulwark – Winter

Cider Profile:

Name: Bulwark – Winter
Sampled October 2020

Brand:  Bulwark Ciders (Muwin Estate Wines Ltd.)
Type: Apple – Mulled
Location of Brewing: New Ross, Nova Scotia
ABV: 7.0%
Website Link: bulwarkcider.com
Ingredients: Apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, sulphites
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 330ml + 500ml (bottles)
Availability: Bulwark online and retail stores
Flavour: Mulled
Colour: Translucent, golden-yellow
Carbonation: Mixed, infrequently streaming



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Fresh apple with red peel, juicy, with notes of spices.
Initial Taste: Medium bite. Strong, smooth and juicy apple blend. Some sweet notes. A lot of red apple peel flavour.
After Taste: As apple dissipates, cinnamon comes though almost as a second wave. Peaks sharply and then reduces giving way to some ginger notes.  Apple finishes tangier and crisper then started.
On ice: Slightly less apple upfront. Spices come quicker but are slightly dulled.

Additional Notes:  The Winter by Bulwark is a “journey” cider.  It starts off extremely juicy with semi-sweet and crisp red peel apple notes followed by a sharp cinnamon that almost consumes the apple and disappears as quick as it started.  Some ginger notes appear as the apple becomes a bit more mellow, less juicy and more hard cider focused. The ginger accentuates the spices and is hard to detect until you think about it. A lot of energy and full-bodied in this offering which could also be served warm. 

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 3.5
Sour – 2.5
Crisp – 4.5
Dry – 2
Fruity – 5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Thornbury – Spiced Apple
More Sour – Lake City – Spice Up Your Life
More Dry – East Street – Harvest Botanical
More Crisp – 

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Bulwark – Rum Cider

Cider Profile:

Name: Bulwark – Rum Cider
Sampled November 2020

Brand:  Bulwark Ciders (Muwin Estate Wines Ltd.)
Type: Apple – Spirit Based
Location of Brewing: New Ross, Nova Scotia
ABV: 8.5%
Website Link: bulwarkcider.com
Ingredients: N/A
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A 

Size(s) available: 330ml & 500ml (bottles)
Availability: NSLC, Bulwark online and retail stores
Flavour: Rum-infused
Colour: Translucent, golden-yellow
Carbonation: Small, frequently streaming bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Pulpy, juicy apple with some hints of astringency from the rum.
Initial Taste: Light bite from carbonation. Smooth creamy apples with some fresh, juicy dessert apple notes. Mild golden rum notes.
After Taste: When carbonation reduces, rum elements spike dramatically.  Smooth with very little astringency and harshness.  It dissipates and finishes pretty clean.
On ice: Reduced carbonation, more apple.

Additional Notes:  The Rum Cider by Bulwark is a very different rum-infused cider. It does not have the harshness you typically find with a barrel aged rum-infused cider. Its juicy and apple forward, light and pretty clean.  Some mild astringent elements in the aftertaste that show in the back of the throat as the bottle finishes. Golden rum taste that is medium but not dominate.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Shiny – Bootleg Whisky Spiced Cider
More Sour – Planters Ridge – Rummed Cider
More Dry – Loch Mor – Bootlegger (Rum)
More Crisp – Hard Way – Ramboozle

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Lake City Cider – Strawberry Redhead

Cider Profile:

Name: Lake City – Strawberry Redhead
Sampled July 2020

Brand: Lake City Cider
Type:
Flavoured – Strawberry
Location of Brewing: Dartmouth, NS
ABV:
8.5%
Website Link:
lakecitycider.ca
Ingredients:  
100% Nova Scotia apples, cherry, strawberries, strawberry wine, sulphites
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 750mL (bottle)
Availability: Lake City Retail Store + Online Store (Canada-wide shipping)
Flavour: Strawberry
Colour: Transparent rose.
Carbonation: Medium bubbles, frequently streaming



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Sweet apple and fresh strawberry juice. Slight tart notes.
Initial Taste: Mild bite from light carbonation followed by sweet dessert apples and strawberry notes. Tingly on the tongue.
After Taste: Apple dissipates and strawberry becomes more noticeable. Some tart cherry notes.  Ends semi-dry and tangy.
On ice: Reduced carbonation quite dramatically. Slightly reduced flavour.

Additional Notes: An upbeat and fresh cider, the Strawberry Redhead by Lake City Cider is a very refreshing and flavourful cider.  Sweet dessert apples make way for fresh, juicy strawberries and almost a light cream finish as if you had a strawberry tart with whipped cream. A mild tartness to it overall.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – No Boats on Sunday – Dry Rosé 
More Sour – Annapolis – Sour Cherry Cider
More Dry – Bulkwark – Blush
More Crisp – 

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Annapolis Cider – Earl Blue

Cider Profile:

Name:  Annapolis Cider – Earl Blue
Sampled July 2018

Brand: Annapolis Cider Company
Type:
Flavoured – Tea
Location of Brewing:
Wolfville, NS
ABV:
7.1%
Website Link:
drinkannapolis.ca
Ingredients:
Cider, Earl Grey Tea, Nova Scotia Wild Blueberry juice, sulphites
Gluten Free:
Yes
Sugar Content: N/ASize(s) available: 750mL (bottle)
Availability:
Nova Scotia Liquor Stores
Flavour:
Earl Grey Tea + Wild Blueberries
Colour:
Rusty ruby-red, brown hues
Carbonation:
Large, mostly still bubbles


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium-to-strong aroma. Medium heritage apple aroma. Strong earl grey tea smell.
Initial Taste: Light bite from carbonation. Semi-sweet and dry medley of apple tastes. Blueberry juice is a quick tart and tangy‘ kicker’ to the senses. Black tea undertones.
After Taste: Tea flavour becomes stronger and largely over takes the other elements. Apple flavours become more dry and aged tasting. Mild blueberry flavour lingers. Lemon notes. Dry, black-tea finish that leaves a bit of a gritty tea residue in the mouth.
On ice: Becomes thinner. Cuts the black tea taste and ‘edge’.

Additional Notes: Annapolis Cider Company’s Earl Blue is very tea driven, ending strongly on that flavour – to the point you ask yourself if you just had an iced tea with a splash of apple juice. The blueberry is a secondary flavour but it blends a nice fruity aspect to it. It is very full-bodied with a lot of different aspects to evaluate for the senses.  Cider and tea together, isn’t that just every British person’s dream?

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Ernest Wild Blueberry
More Sour – 401 Cider – Orchard Blend
More Dry – York County Like an Academic (Blueberry Cider)
More Crisp – Bulwark – Blush Cider

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Keiths – Original Cider

Name: Alexander Keith’s Original Cider
Sampled December 2015

Brand: Alexander Keith’s / Labatt Breweries
Type: Apple, sweet
Location of Brewing: New York, USA
ABV: 5.5%
Website Link: keiths.ca
Ingredients: Cider, water, natural flavour, sulphites, caramel
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: 54g/L

Size(s) available: 473mL (can)
Availability: Currently Unavailable
Flavour: Apple
Colour: Golden yellow
Carbonation: Medium carbonation with small bubble, some light foam

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Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell:  Tart, sour, strong apple aroma with hints of granny smith. Essences of barley and beer.
Initial Taste: Sweet, sharp and tangy apple taste, has a beer-ish feel and taste. Very full-bodied.
After Taste: Stays sharp and tangy, with more sour notes introduced with long -lingering flavours
On ice: More fizzy, less sweet than without ice. Gets watered-down easily/quickly.

Additional Notes: You can tell it is beer company that produces this cider and that it is commercially-marketed. It is lighter, easy to drink and good for introducing new people to cider (especially if they are already familiar with the Alexander Keith’s brand).

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 3
Sour – 2.5
Crisp – 4
Dry – 2
Fruity – 3.5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet –
Somersby Apple Flavoured
More Sour – TBA
More Dry – TBA
More Crisp – TBA

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