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Hoity Toity –  3 in the Tree

Cider Profile:

Name: Hoity Toity –  3 in the Tree
Sampled October 2020

Brand:  Hoity Toity Cellars
Type: Fruit – Mixed
Location of Brewing: Mildmay, ON
ABV: 4.6%
Website Link: hoitytoitycellars.ca
Ingredients: Pears, apples, grapes, sulphites
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 750ml (bottle)
Availability: Hoity Toity Retail Store
Flavour: Fruit
Colour:  Transparent, rusty orange
Carbonation: Medium, infrequent bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Some red grapes, crisp, clean apple and a hint of pear.
Initial Taste: Minimal bite from mild carbonation. Blend of sweet dessert apples and red grape juice. Some sweetness and notes from the pear detected.
After Taste: Becomes more pear focused as the taste dissipates.  Long-lasting and extra clean.
On ice: Significantly less flavour and even further reduced carbonation

Additional Notes:  The 3 in the Tree by Hoity Toity Cellars is a unique blend of three fruits – apple, pear and grape. The blend is extremely clean, with little to no notes of fermentation. Incredibly refreshing to consume. Grape elements are more like a juice than a wine.  Apple is sweet, but not sugary. Very light carbonation. Overall, quite unique with almost no alcohol elements.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Puddicombe – Family Tree Apple Cider
More Sour – Ardiel – Victoria Pear
More Dry – Beaver Valley – Flagship Apple
More Crisp – Thornbury – Honeycrisp Apple Cider

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401 Brewery – Pear Cider

Cider Profile:

Name:   401 Brewery – Pear Cider
Sampled September 2020

Brand: 401 Cider Brewery
Type:
Flavoured – Pear
Location of Brewing: Colborne, Ontario
ABV: 6%
Website Link: www.401cidercompany.com
Ingredients: Fermented apple juice, sugar, sulphites, natural pear flavour, caramel colour, potassium sorbate
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 341ml & 750mL (bottles)
Availability:
At 401 Retail Store (inside The Big Apple) and Online Store
Flavour:
Pear
Colour:
Translucent golden yellow
Carbonation:
Small, semi-streaming bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Sweet, juicy and acidic pear – with some apple. Honey notes and candied.
Initial Taste: Minimal bite from acidity. Juicy and sweet pear flavour quickly noticeable with some mild sour hints. Crisp taste and mouth feel with slight earthiness. A bit of tartness to the palate.
After Taste: Pear flavour continues the same. Some honey and agave flavour notes. Tonic flavour hints with a semi-dry finish. Mild minerality.
On ice: Carbonation slightly cut. Becomes drier but a touch less rich in flavour.

Additional Notes: This pear flavoured cider from 401 Brewery has a more prominent pear taste than some of its competitors. A crisp drink in taste and mouth feel, it is quite refreshing to consume. Quite juicy and maybe even a tad rustic.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – County Cider – Pear
More Sour – Spirit Tree – Pear with Lavender
More Dry – Beaver Valley – Dry Pear
More Crisp – Ardiel – Victoria Pear

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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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Bumper Crop – Mountain Pear

Cider Profile:

Name: Bumper Crop – Mountain Pear
Sampled April 2020

Brand:  Bumper Crop Cider Company
Type: 
Perry
Location of Brewing:
Vancouver, BC
ABV:
7%
Website Link:
bumpercropcider.com
Ingredients: Carbonated water, cider, Natural Flavours
Gluten Free:
Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 355ml (Can)
Availability:
British Columbia Stores
Flavour:
Pear
Colour:  
Translucent light-gold yellow
Carbonation:
Medium, semi-frequent streaming bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: medium aroma. Sweet, syrupy pear
Initial Taste: Light bite from carbonation.  Sweet, somewhat sugary pear taste with a little astringency.
After Taste: Pear concentrate becomes more noticeable as the sweetness and sugar dissipates.  Finished with a bit of film.  Some tonic-water elements in the finish
On ice: Slightly less flavourful.

Additional Notes:  A very flavourful pear, the Mountain Pear by Bumper Crop is extra sweet and sugary. Smooth, with some elements of the alcohol (7%), it’s a lot to take in and very commercial.  Similar to other pear-based cocktails, as opposed to a fruit-focused cider. Has some tangy notes in the finish, along with some filmy aftertaste that you would find in carbonated water.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 3.5
Sour – 1.5
Crisp – 3
Dry – 2
Fruity – 3

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Growers – Pear
More Sour – Molson Canadian – Pear Cider
More Dry – County Cider – Pear Flavoured Cider
More Crisp – Okanagan – Dry Pear

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