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Shale Ridge – Peach Apple

Cider Profile:

Name: Shale Ridge – Peach Apple
Sampled March 2021

Brand: Shale Ridge Estate Winery
Type: Flavoured – Peach
Location of Brewing: Thedford, ON
ABV: 4.2%
Website Link: shaleridgeestatewinery.com
Ingredients: N/A
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 473ml (can)
Availability: Shale Ridge retail and online store
Flavour: Peach
Colour: Transparent sunshine yellow
Carbonation: Large, infrequently streaming bubbles


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Candied peach and sweet dessert apples
Initial Taste: Light bite from carbonation that is tingly.  Sweet peach that is slightly sugared but fresh and juicy. Some fleshy dessert apples.
After Taste: Carbonation reduces making the peach aftertaste even stronger and more forward – with a medium apple.  Remains sweet with a slight film.
On ice: Less carbonation, little change

Additional Notes:  The Peach Apple by Shale Ridge is a very light, peach forward offering. Sweet and candied but not sugary, it’s only 4.2% but fresh and juicy.  Not much apple overall, it reminds us very much of the peach drinks of our childhood. Pretty clean as there are no fermentation elements, so its easy to drink, with a tingly and uplifting carbonation.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Seagrams – White Peach Cider
More Sour – Steel Town – Barrique Peach & Apricot
More Dry – Niagara – Peach Chardonnay 
More Crisp – 

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No Boats on Sunday – Peach

Cider Profile:

Name: No Boats on Sunday – Peach
Sampled May 2021

Brand:  No Boats on Sunday
Type: Flavoured – Peach
Location of Brewing: Grimsby, ON
ABV: 5%
Website Link:
Ingredients: Apple cider, water, sugars (glucose-fructose),
malic acid, natural flavour, potassium sorbate,
potassium metabisulphite

Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: 44g/l

Size(s) available: 473ml (can)
Availability: The Wine Shop + LCBO (Ontario)
Flavour: Peach
Colour:  Transparent straw yellow
Carbonation: Fine and large streaming bubbles


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Sweet, candied bright peach. Mild dessert apples.
Initial Taste: Minimal bite. Quick juicy peach with some peach pit flavours. Somewhat sweet and candied. Mild red and green apple base notes.
After Taste: Apple dissipates and peach remains the same, but slightly more focused. Sweet, clean fruit  finish, with a slight mouth film.
On ice: Reduction in carbonation, and slightly watered down. Flavour remains the same.

Additional Notes:  No Boats on Sunday’s Peach Cider is a bright and candied option that gives us some serious Tim Horton’s Peach Drink vibes. The peach is strong and remains the same throughout the flavour journey. The apple base is light and mild, allowing for the peach to really shine here. It is a sweeter option but clean and not too sugary. Very easy to consume.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 4
Sour – 2.5
Crisp – 3.5
Dry – 2
Fruity – 4.5 

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – County Cider – Peach
More Sour – Steel Town – Barrique Nectarine Peach
More Dry – Ernest – Speachless
More Crisp – Brickworks – Stadium Island Peach

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Niagara – Peach Chardonnay

Cider Profile:

Name:  Niagara – Peach Chardonnay
Sampled April 2021

Brand: Niagara Cider Company
Type: Flavoured – Peach
Location of Brewing: Niagara, ON
ABV: 6%
Website Link: niagaracidercompany.com
Ingredients: Apples, peaches, chardonnay, cane sugar, sulphites
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A 

Size(s) available: 473ml (can)
Availability: Niagara Cider Company Online Store
Flavour: Peach
Colour: Transparent straw-yellow
Carbonation: Small, frequently streaming bubbles, 


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Bright semi-sour apples with light peach and chardonnay astringency.
Initial Taste: Medium bite from carbonation. Bright and slightly tannic apples with some white wine notes. Some acidity.
After Taste: Apple dissipates quickly leaving a light peach and some astringency notes from the chardonnay.  Slightly drier.
On ice: Slightly less chardonnay on ice.

Additional Notes:  The Peach Chardonnay by Niagara Cider Company is a light, mixed offering  of wine, cider and peaches. It’s bright, not sweet by any means and starts apple forward finishing chardonnay and mild peach in the end. Easy to drink with a light mouthfeel. 

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – County – Peach Cider
More Sour – Steel Town – Barrique
More Dry – Ernest – Speachless
More Crisp – Chill Street – Afternoon Delight

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Chill Street – Afternoon Delight

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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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Steel Town – Barrique

Cider Profile:

Name: Steel Town – Barrique
Sampled November 2020

Brand:  Steel Town Cider Co.
Type: Flavoured – Mixed
Location of Brewing: Hamilton, ON
ABV: 6.2%
Website Link: www.steeltowncider.com
Ingredients: Pressed apples, pear juice, peach, apricot, yeast
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 355ml (can)
Availability: Steel Town online and retail store
Flavour: Peach, apricot, pear, apple
Colour: Cloudy, sunflower yellow
Carbonation: Fine, streaming bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Pungent, sour and acidic with some brandy and woody elements.
Initial Taste:  Medium bite from carbonation. Pulpy, acidic apples with some sour notes.  Stone fruit pit notes. Astringency. Punchy.
After Taste: Stone fruits appear more so as the apple and acidity dies down, becomes creamy in the finish. Finishes pretty clean for a barrel aged offering. Smoother brandy notes at the end.
On ice: Slightly watered down and cleaner mouthfeel.

Additional Notes:  The Barrique by Steel Town is a Peach and Apricot flavoured barrel-aged offering with both Bourbon and Brandy.  It starts off funky and pulpy with some of the punchy astringent notes you would expect from the barreling.  Turning more fruit flavoured, it’s more sour apricot than peach but still retains a nice, semi-sour apple taste. 

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – County – Peach Cider
More Sour – Revel – Prosthetic Conscience
More Dry – Ernest – Speachless
More Crisp – Shale Ridge – Peach Cider

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Collective Arts – Blackberry & Peach

Cider Profile:

Name: Collective Arts – Blackberry & Peach
Sampled January 2021

Brand: Collective Arts Brewing Co.
Type: Flavoured – Blackberry and Peach
Location of Brewing: Hamilton, ON
ABV: 5.7%
Website Link: collectiveartscider.com
Ingredients: Apples, blackberry concentrate, natural peach flavour,
natural blackberry flavour, lime oil, sulphites

Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 473ml (can)
Availability: Collective Arts Online and retail stores
Flavour: Blackberry & Peach
Colour: Translucent, purplish-red
Carbonation: Medium, infrequent bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Sweet blackberries with some tart notes. Some peach pit notes.
Initial Taste: Light bite carbonation. Some tart blackberry and a hint of sweet peach and dessert apples that dissipate quickly.
After Taste: Apple removed leaving tangy blackberry with mild peach pit note. Most of the experience is in the aftertaste.  Some sticky notes in the mouth from blackberry. Mild underlying notes from lime oil.
On ice: Carbonation greatly reduced, much more juice like.

Additional Notes: The Blackberry & Peach by Collective Arts Cider is a cider without much apple elements.  Dominated by tart and then tangy blackberries, it’s supported by fresh peach elements and are noticeable especially when you think of them. Little apple, it reminds us more of a mixed cocktail, especially due to the soft carbonation.  

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – County Cider – Blackberry Peach
More Sour – Beaver Valley – Bumbleberry
More Dry – Howell Road – Blackberry Pear
More Crisp – Hard Way – Ramboozle

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Ernest – Speachless

Cider Profile:

Name: Ernest – Speachless
Sampled September 2020

Brand: Ernest Cider Company
Type: Flavoured – Peach
Location of Brewing: Bond Head, ON
ABV: 4%
Website Link: ernestcider.com
Ingredients: N/A
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 473ml (can)
Availability: Ernest Online Store
Flavour: Peach and hops
Colour:  Cloudy Straw-yellow with slight peach hues
Carbonation: Small, streaming bubbles


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Hops with citrus. Peach pit aroma with some sour apple.
Initial Taste: Light bite from carbonation. Dry apple with some sour peach.  Infused hops give it a bit of a citrus note.
After Taste: Apple dissipates, so does sour part of the peach leaving a more natural peach. Smoother hops in the aftertaste. Some fermentation notes linger.
On ice: Slight reduction in carbonation and body.

Additional Notes:  The Speachless by Ernest Cider Co is a different offering for a peach cider. Peach elements come though much more sour than sweet, and more of a peach pit flavour than the flesh. Hops add a mild rugged bitterness. Apple notes are there, but not prominent. Some citrus-like notes from the hops and peach pit elements. Unfiltered but not gritty. 

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – County – Peach Cider
More Sour – Coffin Ridge – Tropical Hopped
More Dry – 
More Crisp – 401 Cider – Peach Cider

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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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Clafeld – Fruit Cocktail

Cider Profile:

Name:   Clafeld – Fruit Cocktail
Sampled April 2020

Brand: Clafeld Fruit Winey & Cider House
Type:
Flavoured – Mixed Fruit
Location of Brewing: Picton, ON
ABV:
6.5%
Website Link:
waupooswinery.com
Ingredients:  
Fermented apple and pear juice, strawberries, raspberries, peaches, sugar, sulphites, potassium sorbate, maraschino cherry
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content:  N/A

Size(s) available: 500ml (bottle)
Availability:
Clafeld Retail Store + Online
Flavour: 
Fruit Punch
Colour:
Transparent, ruby-red with orange hues
Carbonation:
Small, infrequently streaming bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:
Smell:
Strong aroma. Sweet, bold fruit punch – candied like the classic juice box favourite.
Initial Taste: Light bite. Crisp and clean.  Medley of assorted fruits but strawberry is dominate.  Mild candied cherry.
After Taste: As taste dissipates, strawberry and pear become even most present. A bit of grittiness from the pear.  Lingers an average length with some astringency and slightly acidic and funky.
On ice: Slightly less flavour and candied elements reduced.

Additional Notes: This fun cider from Clafeld brings you back to your youth… think juice boxes!  It’s a bit of a journey, starts clean and crisp and as the medley of fruits dissipates, it becomes more strawberry and pear focused (though it takes a while to figure that out). Ends a bit gritty however from the sugars. A lot of flavour, but not a lot of alcohol-tasting elements – bold but semi-light to consume (so be sure to keep away from children as it would appeal to them). The artwork is very clever and smells amazing. We compared it to the non-alcoholic juice – it’s not as sweet and much tangier, but a very close interpretation. Good luck getting the cherry out though!

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 4
Sour – 2
Crisp – 3
Dry – 3.5
Fruity – 4.5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – County – Feral 
More Sour – Coffin Ridge – Forbidden Pink
More Dry – Crimson Cider – Berry Cute
More Crisp – Pommies – Red Sangria Cider

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Heartwood – Ciderhouse Sunset

Cider Profile:

Name: Heartwood Ciderhouse Sunset
Sampled October 2019

Brand: Heartwood Farm & Cidery
Type:
Flavoured – Mixed Fruits
Location of Brewing: Ospringe, ON
ABV:
6.8%
Website Link:
heartwoodfarm.ca
Ingredients:  
N/A
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 500mL (bottle)
Availability:
Heartwood retail store, online store, Guelph Farmers Market
Flavour:
Peach
Colour:
Translucent dark peach
Carbonation:
Medium streaming bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Sweet, creamy peach with mild mustiness. Candied.
Initial Taste: Quick bite of spice and acidity. Woody and pepper notes. Some tangy apples.
After Taste: Apple flavour continues mildly with the spice dissipating. Peaches come through very creamy. Ends dry, earthy, damp wood-like. Some vanilla notes.
On ice: Flavour and elements drastically reduced. Basically no spice.

Additional Notes: The Ciderhouse Sunset from Heartwood smells very creamy, like a fresh peach custard. When you take that first sip, it’s a bit of a shock, as it tastes almost like an infused pepper in spice and taste, but we aren’t sure there actually is. Starting off with more harsh elements, it ends completely different, with a creamy vanilla and peach flavour. Has that earthy, woody touch Heartwood is known for. With the spice flavour and sensation, it reminds us of another of their ciders, Eve Goes Badass.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Duntroon – Rhubarb Raindance Infused Cyder
More Sour – Heartwood – Eve Goes Badass
More Dry – Windswept – Crimson Crisp
More Crisp – Drinklab – Pombucha Cider + Kombucha

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County – Blackberry Peach

Cider Profile:

Name:   County Cider – Blackberry Peach
Sampled June 2019

Brand: County Cider Co.
Type: Flavoured – Blackberry and Peach
Location of Brewing:
Picton, ON
ABV:
6.5%
Website Link:
countycider.com
Ingredients:
Cider, natural peach and blackberry flavour, sulphites
Gluten Free:
Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 500ml (glass bottle)
Availability:
County Retail and in select bars
Flavour:
Peach and Blackberry
Colour:  
Straw yellow
Carbonation:
Large, semi-streaming bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong sweet peach aroma –  with some blackberry and sweet apple.
Initial Taste: Mild sensation and bite from carbonation and acidity.  Sweet apples, with peach overtaking and becoming most dominant.  Blackberry is noticeable, but more of an undertone here.
After Taste:  Slight tartness from blackberry, which the flavour is much more present in the aftertaste.  Lingers a long time, leaves a slight sugar residue in the mouth.
On ice: Thinner, but similar flavour.

Additional Notes:  A very juicy and fruit forward cider, the Country Blackberry and peach starts off sweet and peachy, and finishes more with the blackberry flavour.  It’s sweet – more so than other County offerings – and very full flavoured/full bodied. Perfect to quench a thirst under the rays of the blaring sun.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 4
Sour – 2
Crisp – 3.5
Dry – 3
Fruity – 4.5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Brickworks – Stadium Island Peach
More Sour – 401 Cider – Peach 
More Dry – Hinterland – Sparkling Cherry Cider
More Crisp – Ernest – Impeachment

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