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Rosewood – Pomme D’or

Cider Profile:

Name: Rosewood – Pomme D’or
Sampled May 2021

Brand: Rosewood Winery Estates
Type: Cyser  – Apple Spirit
Location of Brewing: Beamsville, On
ABV: 20%
Website Link: rosewoodwine.com
Ingredients: N/A
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 500ml (bottle)
Availability: Rosewood online and retail
Flavour: Apple
Colour: Transparent rust
Carbonation: Still


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Caramelized sweet apples with a light astringency
Initial Taste: Minimal bite. Sweet thick and syrupy caramelized apple with a slightly burnt honey note
After Taste: Elements from the barrels become more noticeable (woody and earthy) as the apples reduce. Lingers a while but with little apple elements.
On ice: Watered down and much less flavourful

Additional Notes:  The Pomme D’Or by Rosewood Estate Winery is a Cyser (apples with honey) that has been fortified into a dessert-style spirit at 20%.  It’s sweeter than many other apple spirit offerings yet still has a nice kick.  Honey provides a unique element, along with the barreling notes that are not overpowering.  

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

From Rosewood Winery: The cyser-Bochet (Cyser being honey wine made with apple and bochet being a honey wine made of burnt hone) is bone dry, all sugar was consumed during ferment or the forced caramelization of the honey prior to ferment. Wild fermented. It was aged for 1.5 years in French oak prior to 1.5 years in freshly emptied calvados barrels (French apple brandy barrels, very rare to get). It was bottled without filtration or fining. It’s a one of a kind production

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Kings Mill – Ice Cider
More Sour – Calvados Boulard – Pays ‘dauge
More Dry – Loch Mor – Pommeau
More Crisp – County Cider – Prince Edward County Ice Cider

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Slabtown – Ciderita

Cider Profile:

Name: Slabtown – Ciderita
Sampled May 2021

Brand:  Slabtown Cider Co.
Type: Flavoured – Lime
Location of Brewing: Uxbridge, ON
ABV: 6.2%
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: Tequila & Lime
Colour:  Slightly cloudy, pale, sunshine yellow
Carbonation: Medium, frequently streaming bubbles


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Pungent and astringent apples that are slightly musty. Hint of wood and tequila.
Initial Taste: Light bite. Semi sour and tart apple with the lime appearing quick as well
After Taste: As the apple dissipates, tequila notes come though that are softer than many other barrel-aged offerings.  Mildly salty ending.  A squeeze of orange bitters flavour appears, leaving an earthy resin.
On ice: Cuts carbonation and some flavour.

Additional Notes:  Slabtown’s Ciderita is more of a lime-forward offering than a tequila one, but the elements work well together and is a lighter barrel-aged offering than most others we’ve had. That means the other elements are able to shine, including the semi-sour/tart apples that have a bit of tannins to them, as well as the orange bitters and salt.  It has a balance of a lot of different notes but still remains mostly clean to consume.  You get more of the tequila flavour nuances than the spirit harshness, so its smooth with many layers and depths. It’s not exactly like a margarita but its a wonderful spin and cider interpretation of the classic cocktail.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Brickworks – Lime Margarita
More Sour – Steel Town – Vay Kay
More Dry – Hard Way – Loco Blanco
More Crisp – Kings Mill – Mojito

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Ernest – Spiced Cherry

Cider Profile:

Name: Ernest – Spiced Cherry
Sampled February 2021

Brand:  Ernest Cider Co.
Type: Flavoured – Mulled Cherry
Location of Brewing: Bond Head, ON
ABV: 8%
Website Link: ernestcider.com
Ingredients: N/A
Gluten Free: N/A
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 750ml (bottle)
Availability: Limited – Ernest online store
Flavour: Cherry and spices
Colour:  Cloudy rusty red with brown particles
Carbonation: Small, infrequently streaming bubbles


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Heavy cellaring notes, with some astringency. Gritty, dry cherry, Mild spices.
Initial Taste: Light bite with some quick, heavier astringency. Rustic & tart medium apple base. Aged dry cherries. Earthy, wood notes are primary over other elements.
After Taste: Apples diminish with cherries becoming slightly more forward. Mild spicing comes through that is cardamom focused. Woody barrel notes linger. Light smooth bourbon notes emerge.
On ice: Reduced carbonation. Flavours are warmer, less harsh elements overall.

Additional Notes:  Ernest’s Spiced Cherry is not the cider we were expecting – a) because it’s far from Ernest’s other offerings and b) it’s very driven by the barreling process and not as much cherry, apple or spicing as you may anticipate. Aged in bourbon barrels for 6 months, you get a bit of the spirit astringency up front, with some smooth bourbon notes near the finish. The apple that is there is dry and rustic, with the cherries coming through near the finish, but are subtle and more diluted tasting than you may anticipate. Mild spicing from cardamon comes through. You get a lot of wood flavours from the barreling as well, so this would appeal to barrel-aging fans and dry cider fans alike in particular.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 1.5
Sour – 3
Crisp – 1.5
Dry – 4
Fruity – 2

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Shale Ridge – Cherry Chocolate
More Sour – Steel Town – Daga Carmesi
More Dry – 
More Crisp – Slabtown – Legendary Cherry

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West Avenue – Genevieve

Cider Profile:

Name: West Avenue – Genevieve
Sampled January 2021

Brand:  West Avenue Cider House
Type: Apple – Gin Botanical
Location of Brewing: Freelton, ON
ABV: 8.9%
Website Link: westavenue.ca
Ingredients: N/A
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 355ml (can)
Availability: West Ave Online + Retail Store
Flavour: Apple, gin botanicals, lactose
Colour:  Translucent golden rod yellow
Carbonation: Large, infrequently streaming bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Gin aspects like juniper and pine. Tannic apples. Punchy.
Initial Taste: Light bite from acidity. Quick tannic heritage apples that are heavy and thick. Smooth juniper and pine. Crisp grapefruit and lemon elements.
After Taste: Apples notes diminish, while gin botanical notes linger a bit longer. Ends on some creamy lactose elements.
On ice: Less carbonation. Lessened punchiness of elements.

Additional Notes:  The Genevieve by West Ave is a special cider made with lactose and gin botanicals, so if you are sensitive to dairy/lactose, you may want to sit this one out. This is a much heavier flavour wise cider upfront, with a lot happening in the initial taste. With a shorter flavour profile, you do get a lot going on for what is there. The gin botanicals are punchy and full bodied with grapefruit, juniper and pine notes, but still smoother than many other gin barrel-aged ciders. The apple base is tannic and heritage-variety focused. The lactose is most noticeable near the end, giving you a creamy finish that satisfies. 8.9% and does not taste it. 

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Coffin Ridge – Lavender Earl Grey
More Sour – Revel – Spirit of the Woods
More Dry – Beaver Valley – Ginger Cider
More Crisp – East Street – Harvest Botanical

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West Avenue – Barrett Fuller’s Secret

Cider Profile:

Name: West Avenue – Barrett Fuller’s Secret
Sampled January 2021

Brand: West Avenue Cider House
Type: Apple – Barrel Aged
Location of Brewing: Flamborough, ON
ABV: 9%
Website Link: westavenue.ca
Ingredients: N/A
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 750mL (bottle)
Availability: West Ave Retail Store
Flavour: Apple + bourbon
Colour: Transparent golden yellow
Carbonation: Infrequently streaming bubbles 



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Heavy bourbon + astringency. Almond + pastry notes. Light bright apples.
Initial Taste: Medium bite from carbonation with some acidity. Heavy barrel-aging elements including wood/oak, astringency and a smooth but forceful bourbon. Mild heritage apples. 
After Taste: Becomes smoother as astringency weakens. Apples peak through more so. Ends very dry, with bourbon notes lingering. Earthy and wood hints remain.
On ice: Carbonation reduced, along with flavour and forcefulness. Smoother and cleaner.

Additional Notes: West Ave’s Barrett Fuller’s Secret is a force to be reckoned with – it has smooth but full bourbon barrel-aging flavour and presence. Heavy bourbon notes right from the start give you a punch of flavour and astringency that can seriously take the edge off. With mild to medium bright heritage apples, the apples act as a canvas for the spirit aging process elements to shine.  On ice, it makes a very large difference, being much less harsh but with also less flavour and initial intention. 

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 1.5
Sour – 2.5
Crisp – 3.5
Dry – 4.5
Fruity – 2.5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Shiny – Hank’s Spiced Cider 
More Sour – Loch Mor – Bootlegger (Whisky)
More Dry – Hard Way – Whisky Rebellion
More Crisp – Twin Pines – Hammer Bent Organic Cider

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Loch Mór – Pommeau  

Cider Profile:

Name: Loch Mór Cider Co. – Pommeau
Sampled December 2020

Brand:  Loch Mór Cider Co.
Type:
Apple – Pommeau
Location of Brewing:
Hillier, ON
ABV:
18.5%
Website Link:
lochmorcider.com
Ingredients:
N/A
Gluten Free:
N/A
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 375ml (bottle)
Availability:
Loch Mór Cider online + retail stores
Flavour:
Apple
Colour:  
Translucent, golden rod yellow
Carbonation:
Some small bubbles on the glass, not streaming.



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Sweet caramelized, somewhat astringent apple with some thick/syrupy notes.
Initial Taste: Minimal bite with medium astringency. Strong caramelized apple, slightly pulpy and pungent. Thick mouthfeel. Sweet and smooth. Some early earthy and oaky notes.
After Taste: Astringency and oaky notes dissipate, finishes very natural and apple forward. Some film but does not linger long compared to other fortified ciders. Sweet, lingering finish.
On ice: Carbonation and astringency removed (much cleaner). Less tangy. Thinner mouthfeel. Large changes vs off-ice.

Additional Notes:  The Pommeau by Loch Mór Cider Co. is caramel-forward, smooth and slightly astringent, that equals an easy drinking fortified cider experience. With a thick, syrupy mouthfeel, its rich and bold, and will hit the spot for days you need something stronger and more robust.  Almost like two different drinks with the use of ice. If you like Normandy-style ciders and/or Ontario/Quebec ice ciders, you will probably like this. Great winter drinking but at 18.5% it does sneak up on you quick, so we recommend slow sipping this one.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – 
More Sour – County Cider – Prince Edward County Ice Cider
More Dry – Twin Pines – Hammer Bent Organic
More Crisp – Rosewood – Legacy Cyser (2017)

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Jaanihanso – Sherry Cask-Aged Dry Cider

Cider Profile:

Name:  Jaanihanso – Sherry Cask-Aged Dry Cider
Sampled June 2020

Brand: Jaanihanso
Type:
Apple – Barrel-Aged
Location of Brewing: Ouna, Estonia
ABV:
5.5%
Website Link:
jaanihanso.ee/en
Ingredients:  
N/A
Gluten Free: N/A
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 330mL (bottle)
Availability:
Various better beverage bars (We got at WVRST)
Flavour:
Apple + sherry
Colour:
Cloudy with particles, light peach
Carbonation:
Large, infrequently streaming



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Light aroma. Funky, pulpy apple with some oak. Some sherry astringency.
Initial Taste: Light sensation from acidity. Quickly dry with enhanced sherry and oak tastes. Some tart apples. Funk.
After Taste: Tart and funky apple notes grow. Astringency pierces through. Dry finish with natural, slightly sweeter apple notes.
On ice: Less pungent, less dry.

Additional Notes: Jaanihanso’s Sherry Cask-Aged Dry Cider is a smooth yet funky cider – that is easier to consume than a lot of other spirit-based barrel-aged ciders (and a lower ABV at 5.5% than on average). With some wood notes, the smooth sherry starts off with the flavour first, with the astringency second. The apple notes are tart and mixed in taste. Unfiltered with some trub (particles).

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet –
More Sour – 
More Dry – 
More Crisp – 

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Hard Way – Renegade

Cider Profile:

Name:   Hard Way – Renegade
Sampled November 2020

Brand: The Hard Way Cider Co
Type:
Apple – Dry
Location of Brewing: Bath, ON
ABV:
6.5%
Website Link:
hardwaycider.com
Ingredients:
100% locally grown apples, sulphites
Gluten Free:
Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 355mL (can)
Availability:
 Hard Way retail + online store
Flavour:
Apple
Colour:
Transparent, bright golden yellow
Carbonation:
Small and medium bubbles, frequently streaming.



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Light aroma. Sweet and light pulpy apple smell. Some oaky notes.
Initial Taste: Light bite with some acidity quickly noticeable. Light dessert apple taste with heritage apple notes. Semi-earthy notes. Some oak notes from barreling. Medium astringency.
After Taste: Apple continues the same. Becomes smoother and slightly sweeter. Tangy, lightly tart. Dry finish that is clean.
On ice: Body is thinned (reduced carbonation). Apple is slightly watered down. Crisper and slightly more smooth on ice.

Additional Notes:  Hard Way’s Renegade cider is a straightforward apple cider experience, with the same apple taste from start to finish. With a distinctive oak/wood taste, you get the triple barrel-aging process flavours without dominating the cider’s profile. With some earthiness and astringency, its got a satisfying depth. A great example of a clean, barrel-aged cider that is very sessionable.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – County – Apple Cider
More Sour – Loch Mor – Untamed Cider (2019)
More Dry – Kings Mill – Scrumpy
More Crisp – Duntroon Cyder – Standing Rock

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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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Hard Way – Whiskey Rebellion

Cider Profile:

Name:   Hard Way – Whiskey Rebellion
Sampled April 2020

Brand: Hard Way Cider Co.
Type:
Apple – Barrel Aged
Location of Brewing: Bath, ON
ABV:
9%
Website Link:
hardwaycider.com
Ingredients:  
Apples, sulphites
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 355ml (can)
Availability:
Hard Way Cider Retail Store + Online Store
Flavour:
Apple and whiskey
Colour:
Pale, hazy yellow
Carbonation:
Appears still



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma of whiskey. Astringent. Mild tangy apples.
Initial Taste: No bite but some acidity. Medium-level astringency. Primary taste is a smooth, light whiskey with some semi-tangy apples. Medley of apple flavours.
After Taste: Astringency lingers until the end. Apple dissipates. Dry finish.
On ice: Cuts astringency and overall flavour. Smoother to consume.

Additional Notes: The Whiskey Rebellion from Hard Way delivers on the promised whiskey flavour and sensation, with the astringency from the spirit being the most obvious contribution. With astringency the entire flavour journey, it has some light and smooth whiskey flavour throughout, and some semi-tangy apples but its not necessarily an apple-forward cider. A good cider to take the edge off!

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Shiny – Hank’s Spiked Cider (Previously Bootleg Whisky Barrel-Aged Cider)
More Sour – Front Road Cider – Devil’s Cut
More Dry – Loch Mor – Bootlegger (Whisky)
More Crisp – Duxbury – English Scrumpy

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Hard Way – Ramboozle

Cider Profile:

Name:   Hard Way – Ramboozle w/ Raspberries
First sampled April 2020. Updated August 2020

Brand: Hard Way Cider Co
Type:
Flavoured – Raspberry
Location of Brewing: Bath, ON
ABV:
7%
Website Link:
hardwaycider.com
Ingredients:  
Apples, raspberries, sulphites
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content:  N/A

Size(s) available: 500mL (bottle) + 355mL (cans)
Availability:
Hard Way Cider Retail Store + Online Store
Flavour:
Raspberries and Rum
Colour:
Semi-translucent, deep rose gold
Carbonation:
Small, very frequently streaming



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Medium rum smell and strong tart raspberries
Initial Taste: Light bite from carbonation, medium astringency. Quick tart raspberries with some deep golden rum flavour.  Mild crisp apples. Some oak notes.
After Taste: Raspberries dissipate but rum slighty increases and lingers. Crisp apple notes also increase.
On ice: Carbonation slightly reduced. Rum flavour and astringency reduced. More raspberry focused.

Additional Notes: The raspberry Ramboozle from Hard Way Cider Co. is medium on the rum punch and strong on the tart, crisp raspberry flavours, with apple being a third flavour noticed.  With a golden rum flavour detected, it has a considerable astringency but not too strong to distract. Some oak notes are obvious throughout from the barreling process as well. The sweet and tart raspberry flavours compliment the rum flavours well.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – County – Feral Cider
More Sour – 401 Cider – Raspberry Apple
More Dry – Loch Mor Cider – Bootlegger (Rum)
More Crisp – Busl Cider – Haskap

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Loch Mór Cider – Bootlegger (Rum)

Cider Profile:

Name:  Loch Mór Cider – Bootlegger (Rum)
First sampled June 2020. Updated August 2020

Brand: Loch Mór Cider Company 
Type:
Apple – Barrel-Aged
Location of Brewing: Hillier, ON
ABV:
9.4%
Website Link:
lochmorcider.com
Ingredients:  
N/A
Gluten Free:
N/A
Sugar Content: N/ASize(s) available: 500mL (bottle)
Availability:
At Loch Mór Retail and Online Store
Flavour:
Apple + Rum
Colour:
Hazy, golden-rod  yellow
Carbonation:
Small, infrequent bubbles. Less on ice.


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma of golden-rum with some pulpy apple notes.
Initial Taste: Strong bite from astringency and some carbonation. Pungent and bold rum (just like having a shot of rum in it) that has some apple notes.  Some wood-like notes.
After Taste: Rum flavour slowly dissipates but remains present in the back of the mouth.  Pulpy apple becomes more noticeable.
On ice: Drastically reduces flavour and rum-punch.

Additional Notes: Alongside its whisky counterpart, the Bootleg Series by Loch Mór offers a much stronger rum-based offering.  It’s bold, pungent and pops, with a lot of astringency just like a shot. Slightly woody from the barrel-aging, the rum drives the drink from start to finish with some pulpy apple notes along the way.  Smoother on ice if it too much for you.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Kings Mill – Ontario Mule
More Sour – Hard Way – Ramboozle 
More Dry – West Ave – Bartlett’s Fuller Secret
More Crisp – FieldBird – Fledgings

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Hard Way – Loco Blanco (“dos”)

Cider Profile:

Name:   Hard Way – Loco Blanco (“dos”)
Sampled March 2020

Brand: Hard Way Cider Company
Type: Apple – Barrel Aged
Location of Brewing:
Bath, ON
ABV:
6.5%
Website Link:
hardwaycider.com
Ingredients:
Apples, sulphites
Gluten Free:
Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 500mL (bottle)
Availability:
Hardway Cider Retail Store and Online Store
Flavour: 
Apple & Tequila
Colour:
Semi-hazy, light yellow
Carbonation:
Small, infrequently streaming bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Some astringency from tequila barreling process, and some sweet dessert apples that have an earthy hint.
Initial Taste: Light bite from carbonation. Some pungent but sweet apples followed by a hint of tequila. Some wood notes from barreling.
After Taste: As apple and carbonation fade, tequila becomes more present. Earthy but not overly strong. Finishes somewhat buttery.
On ice: More astringent with a thinner mouthfeel.

Additional Notes:  Barrel-aged but easy to drink, the Loco Blanco (2nd edition), by Hardway is lighter than most ciders we’ve had that spend time conditioning in spirit barrels.  While lighter than anticipated, it still has a considerable kick to it that may very amongst drinkers depending on their preference for Tequila. On ice, it made some of the tequila astringency come out.  The deeper we got into the bottle, the more tequila is noticeable.  Finishes with a smooth, buttery taste (Think elements of a chardonnay)

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Shiny Cider – Bootleg Whiskey Barrel-Aged Cider
More Sour – Revel Cider – Emergent Property
More Dry – Settlers Cider Co – Bootlegger (Whisky)
More Crisp – Front Road Cider – Devil’s Cut

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Dupont – Cidre Reserve

Cider Profile:

Name:   Dupont – Cidre Reserve
Sampled October 2019

Brand: Famille Dupont
Type: Apple – French Cidre
Location of Brewing:
Victot-Pontfol, France
ABV:
7.5%
Website Link:
Calvados-dupont.com
Ingredients:  
N/A
Gluten Free:
Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 750ml  (bottle)
Availability:
LCBO Vintages 
Flavour:
Apple
Colour:  
Rusty Orange
Carbonation:
Medium, streaming bubbles, some foam.



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma, semi-astringent and earthy.  Some creamy notes and old-world apples. Some caramel and vanilla
Initial Taste: Light bite from carbonation, followed by a smooth, semi-sweet and crisp clean heritage apple flavour.  Some pear and wood notes.
After Taste: Mild tanginess, has some spices that add to the woodiness. Not overly long lingering but has a slight film. Calvados more present in the aftertaste, and the longer the bottle is open.
On ice: Carbonation, calvados and some harshness reduced.

Additional Notes:  Clean, smother and lighter then most French ciders of this nature, the Dupont Cidre Reserve is apple forward and very easy to drink.  Smells much mustier then it actually is, the barrel-aging adds a nice, simple and light kick of calvados spirit – especially the warmer the cider gets. You also get a pleasant wood flavour from the barrels. Lightly spiced but very clean.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet –
More Sour – Eric Bordelet – Poire Autentique
More Dry – Le Pere Jules – Cidre de Normandy
More Crisp – Pierre Huet – Appellation Cirde Pays D’auge Protegee

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Louis de Lauriston – Pommeau de Normandie

Cider Profile:

Name: Louis de Lauriston – Pommeau de Normandie
Sampled August 2019

Brand:  Louis de Lauriston
Type:
Pommeau
Location of Brewing:
Domfront, France
ABV:
17%
Website Link:
http://m.calvados-lauriston.com
Ingredients:
Apple Juice, Calvados
Gluten Free:
Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 700ml (Bottle)
Availability:
LCBO Vintages 2019 (Special Order) via Slate Chalk Gravel
Flavour:
Apple
Colour:  
Rust, hazy
Carbonation:
None visible, still



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong astringent aroma. Syrupy, sour and sweet apples.
Initial Taste: Harsh bite from acidity. Strong ,sharp musty apples with some semi-sweet notes
After Taste: Lingers a long time. Becomes smoother and sweeter at the end but still has lingering astringency.  Has a film-like mouth feel.
On ice: Lighter, less astringent but also less flavourful.

Additional Notes:  Pommeaus are a mix between the apple based liquor style Calvados and apple juice (at around 50/50). The Louis de Lauriston is musty and astringent but easier to drink than a straight calvados.  It’s still, long lasting and quite flavourful.  Reminds us of a thick, natural, non-alcoholic, non-filtered cider.  Fresh tasting.  Nice as an aperitif or a digestif.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Great Cider – Ice Cider
More Sour – 
More Dry – Calvados Boulard – Pays d’auge
More Crisp – 

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