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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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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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