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Kings Mill – Farel Ice

Cider Profile:

Name: Kings Mill – Farel Ice
Sampled August 2021

Brand: Kings Mill Cider
Type: Pomeau
Location of Brewing: Stirling, ON
ABV: 12%
Website Link: kingsmillcider.ca
Ingredients: N/A
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/ASize(s) available: 750ml (bottles)
Flavour: Kings Mill online + retail stores
Colour: Transparent, bright canary-yellow
Carbonation: medium streaming bubbles 

Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong, funky and wild bright apple.  Slightly pulpy.
Initial Taste: Light bite from carbonation, starts with smooth, bright and semi-sweet apples but those flavours dissipate quickly.  Has a caramelized and bruised apple flavour.
After Taste: Then turns tangy, slightly funky and a bit acidic and dryness changes – becomes dominant in the long-lasting aftertaste. Herby notes.
On ice: Reduced tangy and funkyness.

Additional Notes:  Kings Mill Farel Ice is a Pommeau, a mix of iced cider and apple juice that has a very large flavour profile.  The offering starts slightly sweet, bright and smooth, but then becomes heavily caramelized, turning tangy, a bit more funky and slightly more dry as the aftertaste continues.  This cider has a lot going on, but is still very consumable, even at 12% (tastes decently alcoholic too but not sharp or astringent). 

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

Next recommendations:

More Sweet – Cowbell – Original Hard Cider
More Sour – Loch Mor – Pommeau
More Dry – Twin Pines – Hammer Bent Old World Cider
More Crisp – Geissburger Farmhouse – Hard Apple Pear Cider

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Domaine De Lavoie- Cidre Fortifié

Cider Profile:

Name: Domaine De Lavoie- Cidre Fortifié
Sampled June 2020

Brand:  Domaine De Lavoie
Type:
 Apple – Aperitif (Fortified)
Location of Brewing:
Rougemont, QC
ABV:
19%
Website Link:
de-lavoie.com
Ingredients:
McIntosh, Royal Gala, Sulphites
Gluten Free:
Yes
Sugar Content: 170g/L

Size(s) available: 500ml (bottle)
Availability:
SAQ – Quebec
Flavour:
Apple
Colour:
Rustic orange
Carbonation:
Still



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Very sweet and syrupy astringent apples. Some caramel notes. 
Initial Taste:
No bite. Smooth and sweet, pulpy and caramelized apples.  Some astringent notes but less than it smells.
After Taste: Long lingering, astringency migrates and grows at the back of the throat. Some film notes.  Retains caramelized elements, and actually grows in strength.
On ice: Lighter with 1/3rd less flavour overall.

Additional Notes:  A before dinner drink (Aperitif), the Fortified Cider by Domaine De Lavoie is thick, sweet and caramelized.  To help get you hungry, it cleanses the palate with an easy and smooth 19% shot/slow sipper.  Watch the sugar content with these high alcohol spirit-like ciders.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 4.5
Sour – 2
Crisp – 1.5
Dry – 2
Fruity – 4

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

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