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Archibald's Sparkling Apple Raspberry

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Archibald's Sparkling Apple Raspberry

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Archibald's Sparkling Apple Raspberry Cider has a reddish-orange colour and red raspberry aroma. This cider is medium sweet, lightly carbonated and has a very light apple / raspberry flavour.

Although well made, and true to style, the smooth flavours dissipate quickly. There is a slight acidic tartness that becomes lost in the sweetness after the first sip.

This cider has 6.5% alcohol and is packaged in a clear 750 ml champagne style bottle.

This style is great for those that prefer a sweet cider. You will find the fruitiness pleasant and inviting.

Archibald's Sparkling Apple Cider

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Archibald's Sparkling Apple Cider

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Archibald's Sparkling Apple Cider has a light straw colour and a fresh cut apple aroma with hints of spearmint. This medium sweet, lightly carbonated cider, has a great apple flavour with undertones of summer melon. The flavours are smooth and linger in your mouth for several seconds.

Although very well made, and true to style, the sweetness in this cider masks the more subtle flavours you might expect from the apples.

This cider has 6.2% alcohol and is packaged in a clear champagne style bottle with a crown cap. This style is great for those that like a sweet cider.

Puddicombe Raspberry

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Puddicombe Raspberry

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Puddicombe Raspberry wine has a deep purple / black raspberry colour and an intense raspberry aroma that reminds me of Royalty Raspberries.

The flavour is rich, exciting and full with immense flavours of raspberry and cinnamon. It has a long and flavourful finish with hints of dried black currants.

It is available in both 375 and 750 ml bottles.

There is a bit of confusion as to alcohol content as the bottle states 10.5% and the LCBO claims it has 12%. Either way this one is a keeper. There is sufficient acidic structure to age this wine, even in the 375 ml size, so don't be afraid to take home several bottles.

This is one of the best raspberry wines I have tasted. The great structure, flavour and aroma make this special wine a must have.

Duxbury Cider

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Duxbury Cider

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Duxbury Cider has a soft golden colour and aromas of fresh sliced apples with hints of honey. This dry, crisp cider has an intense full-flavour with bursts of apples and a touch of vanilla.

It has sparkling style full of effervescence, a great structure and a smooth lingering finish that leaves the flavours of baked apples with butter on the roof of your mouth.

This cider is made exclusively from Georgian Bay apples and has 6.3 % alcohol.

I highly recommend you put this one on your "must have" list.

Thornbury Premium Apple Cider

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Thornbury Premium Apple Cider

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This highly carbonated, semi-sweet beverage looks more like a beer than a cider when you first pour it into a glass. Although the head quickly dissipates, the heavy carbonation stays.

It has a very light straw colour and smells and tastes a lot like watered-down apple juice. Although the label states that this cider is dry and crisp, there is nothing dry or crisp about it.

This cider is packaged in a 473 ml can, and as I understand it, is also available in bottles and on tap. It has 5.3 % alcohol. This cider is made at the Thornbury Cidery.

This style may appeal to those that like light, sweet beverages with a kick. If you are looking for a full-flavoured, dry, crisp craft cider, look elsewhere.

2010 Ida Red Frozen to the Core

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2010 Ida Red Frozen to the Core

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This ice cider has a golden colour, an aroma of light honey with hints of wildflower and a rich sweet apple, honey flavour.

It feels great in your mouth, but does not show a lot of structure. If there is an acidic backbone it is masked by the sweetness of this cider.

This may be to your liking, however it limits food pairing options. It is packaged in a frosted, longneck 375 ml bottle and has only 9.5% alcohol.

It is made from Georgian Bay Ida Red apples harvested in late season, pressed into juice and then left to naturally freeze in mid-winter. The juice was then cold fermented to create this delicious ice cider.

Twin Pines 2010 Ice Cider

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Twin Pines 2010 Ice Cider

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This nectar of the gods has a rich golden colour, baked apple aroma and intense apple and dried apricot flavour.

You will experience a well rounded mouth feel, great acidity and a long lingering finish. It is packaged in a clear, longneck 375 ml bottle that will look great when you serve it to your guests.

Twin Pines 2010 Ice Cider is made using a natural freeze concentration process and is a blend of Northern Spy, Ida Red and Golden Russetts. It has 12.9% alcohol.

This is a great example of Ontario ice cider. You will definitely want to stop by the Cider House and pick up a few bottles while they last.

Twin Pines Cyser

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Twin Pines Cyser

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I debated whether or not to write about this Cyser, but decided to as it makes a good educational lesson about one of the things to look for when you open a bottle that just seems off.

This Cyser has a dark amber colour. When opened, the smell of oxidation is very apparent. Oxidation makes the Cyser look, smell and taste medicinal.

In this case I was not surprised to find this after seeing that it was sealed using a synthetic cork. These types of corks have been on the market for many years and work well for short term storage. However, in my experience, synthetic corks spell trouble for longer term storage.

Bottles, like most types of glass, expand and contract with even slight temperature fluctuations. Synthetic corks don’t expand or contract with the bottle. On the flip side, natural corks do, maintaining an ideal and consistent tight seal between cork and bottle.

Sweet Tux

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Sweet Tux

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Sweet Tux has a copper, gold colour and no apparent aroma. This sweet cider has a gentle effervescence, that fades to flat in no time.

There is a sugary sweet pear flavour. Any structure is lost in what tastes like sugar rather than fruit sweetness.

It is packaged in a clear 750 ml bottle and has 6.3% alcohol.

When I visited Hoity Toity Cellars, I was encouraged to blend this cider with pop to create a cocktail. And although I hate to recommend this, it is likely the only way to save your investment.

With virtually no redeeming qualities, this one went down the drain after tasting.

Hammer Bent Perry

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Hammer Bent Perry

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Twin Pines Hammer Bent Perry has a lovely straw colour and when first opened, there is a creamy, apple / pear aroma.

This off-dry Perry has very light carbonation that fades almost right away. I think this is due to a bottle problem (see notes).

You will find flavours of sweet, ripe pears with a smooth finish, but not a lot of structure.

It is packaged in a cobalt blue, 1 litre resealable bottle and has 6.8% alcohol.

A variety of pears are blended together to create this Perry. As the blend changes from year to year and this Perry is not vintage dated, you should check with the producer for the exact blend when you visit.

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