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Howell Road – Raspberry Lemonade

Cider Profile:

Name: Howell Road – Raspberry Lemonade
Sampled August 2021

Brand: Howell Road Cider Co
Type: Flavoured – Raspberry & Lemonade
Location of Brewing: St. George, ON
ABV: 6.2%
Website Link: brantviewapples.com/howell-road-cider-co
Ingredients: Ontario apples, Ontario raspberry
lemon juice. Sulphites

Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 473ml (can)
Availability: Howell Road online and retail store
Flavour: Raspberry lemonade
Colour:  Transparent deep red
Carbonation: Medium infrequently streaming bubbles


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Juicy, tart raspberry dominant. Hints of lemon zest.
Initial Taste: Medium bite from tartness, acidity and carbonation. Quick muddled ripe raspberry. Mild pulpy apple that includes green apple characteristics.
After Taste: As raspberry slowly weakens, more apple notes appear. Lemon juice becomes more obvious and sour. Long lingering tart notes. Earthy hints. 
On ice: Cuts a lot of body and tartness. Smoother. Much less raspberry.

Additional Notes:  Howell Road’s Raspberry Lemonade screams summer in a can. Very tart, sometimes sour, it draws from both the lemon and raspberry for a semi-puckering experience. It starts off very raspberry dominant, with the lemon becoming more clear in the finish. Not much apple, it appears slightly at first, a bit more in the finish, but you could definitely fool people for this not being a hard apple cider if they didn’t know.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 2
Sour – 4
Crisp – 2
Dry – 2.5
Fruity – 4.5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Brickworks – Lemonade Radler
More Sour – Clafeld – Disco Lemonade
More Dry – Ernest – Blue Lagoon
More Crisp – Kings Mill – Raspberry (Carbonated)

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No Boats on Sunday – Mixed Berry

Cider Profile:

Name: No Boats on Sunday – Mixed Berry
Sampled March 2021

Brand: No Boats on Sunday
Type:
Flavoured – Mixed berry
Location of Brewing:
Grimsby, ON
ABV:
5.0%
Website Link:
noboatscider.com
Ingredients:
Apple cider, water, sugar, malic acid, natural flavour, potassium sorbate, potassium metabisulphate, colour
Gluten Free: 
N/A
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 500ml (bottle)
Availability:
The Wine Shop (Ontario)
Flavour:
Mixed berry
Colour:
Translucent fuchsia
Carbonation:
Small, infrequent bubbles.  Appears almost still.



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Fresh, crushed berries with some wine and sweet apples.
Initial Taste: Light bite from carbonation. Light mixed berries (strawberry, raspberry, and some blueberry) with a smooth, dessert apple. Slight alcoholic taste that balances with sweet notes. Very sweet.
After Taste:  Dissipates very quick. Reduction in berry flavours and finishes with a light, sweet, juicy apple flavour that is slightly sweet with a little film in the mouth.
On ice:  Carbonation is cut. Less alcoholic taste.

Additional Notes:  The Mixed Berry by No Boats On Sunday – although not listing berries in the ingredients – is a balance between the apple and berry aspects but not balanced when it comes to the sweet factor, it’s pretty high.  Dessert apple forward, it’s sweet and clean with some red fruit flavours.  A mild alcohol taste but it’s easy to drink for the average consumer.  Sweeter than the rest of the product line with less apple flavour.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Chill Street – Berry Naughty
More Sour – Ernest – Bumbleberry Cider
More Dry – Bulwark – Blush
More Crisp – Heeman’s – Berry Blush

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Collective Arts – Raspberry Mojito

Cider Profile:

Name: Collective Arts – Raspberry Mojito
Sampled February 2021

Brand:  Collective Arts Brewing
Type: Flavoured – Raspberry, lime and mint
Location of Brewing: Hamilton, ON
ABV: 5.7%
Website Link:
Ingredients: Apples, raspberry juice concentrate, lime juice,
spearmint oil, raspberry flavour, yeast, sulphites

Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 473ml (can)
Availability: Occasional release, Collective Arts online
+ retail stores

Flavour: Raspberry + mojito
Colour:  Deep ruby red with purple hues
Carbonation: Medium streaming bubbles

 


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Tart rich raspberries. Tangy lime. Hint of mint.
Initial Taste: Medium bite. Dessert apple followed by tart, pulpy raspberries. Lime tang.
After Taste: Raspberries overtake apples. Spearmint then becomes dominant. Mint is slightly earthy, cooling and natural – and lingers awhile. Lime hangs out a bit too.
On ice: Reduced carbonation. Weakened spearmint.

Additional Notes:  Collective Art’s Raspberry Mojito is exactly as promised. While there is a bit of an apple taste to begin, it’s raspberry forward for most of the journey. With some tangy lime and a strong spearmint finish, it’s an accurate representation of the fusion cocktail they aimed to mimic in this cider. Tart raspberries taste natural and muddled, with some memories of a cranberry cider from the sour notes and mouthfeel. 

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Ernest – Impeachmint
More Sour – Steeltown – Daga Carmesi
More Dry – Kings Mill – Ontario Mule
More Crisp – Slabtown – Mojito de Manzana

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Busl – Quran·TEA·ne

Cider Profile:

Name: Busl – Quran·TEA·ne
Sampled February 2021

Brand:  Busl Cider
Type: Flavoured – Tea
Location of Brewing: Mallorytown, ON
ABV: 5%
Website Link: buslcider.com
Ingredients: Cider, hibiscus tea, raspberry juice,
sugar, honey sulphites

Gluten Free: N/A
Sugar Content: N/A 

Size(s) available: 750ml (bottle)
Availability: Busl online + retail stores
Flavour: Hibiscus and raspberry
Colour: Transparent flamingo pink
Carbonation: Large bubbles, very infrequently streaming


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Light aroma. Mild tart raspberry and semi-floral notes. Sweet green apple.
Initial Taste: Minimal bite. Floral bouquet of hibiscus flavour. Sweet apple – red and green varieties – with mild tart aspects.
After Taste: Hibiscus continues but raspberry starts to develop more, is sweet and natural. Clean finish.
On ice: Minimal change in flavour or mouthfeel.

Additional Notes:  Busl’s Quaran·tea·ne is a great excuse to stay home and drink instead. With a very floral and forward hibiscus flavour from the start, it is balanced and never too heavy on the flavour journey. A candied, sweeter raspberry comes out in the aftertaste that cleans out of the mouth well. It has a minimal carbonation that doesn’t distract or influence the natural flavours. Not too much tea noticeable but more so has the mouthfeel of an iced tea.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Reinhart’s – Strawberry Hibiscus
More Sour – Steel Town – Daga Carmesi
More Dry – East Street – Harvest Botantical
More Crisp – Stock & Row – Cold Tea

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KW Cider – Canadian Shield Berries Rosé

Cider Profile:

Name: KW Cider – Canadian Shield Berries Rosé
Sampled October 2020

Brand: KW Cider Company 
Type: Flavoured – Mixed Berry
Location of Brewing: Kitchener-Waterloo, ON
ABV: 6.3%
Website Link: kwcider.com
Ingredients: Ontario apples, strawberries, blueberries,
raspberries, cranberries, blackcurrant, champagne yeast, cane sugar

Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 473ml (can)
Availability: KW Winter Mixpack (2020 LCBO) + KW Cider Online Store
Flavour: Mixed Berries
Colour: Rose Gold
Carbonation: Large, semi-streaming bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Light aroma. Mixed berries and dessert apples. Stronger on ice.
Initial Taste: Light bite. Balanced mixed berries and dessert apples with a bit of sourness and bitter sharp apple notes. Crisp and clean. Mild wine-like astringency.
After Taste: Becomes more berry-focused as apple dissipates, in particular blackberry and raspberry notes.  Finishes semi-juicy with little alcoholic elements.
On ice: Less carbonation and less overall berry flavour and intensity.

Additional Notes:  The KW Cider Canadian Shield Berry Rosé is a light, sparkling, wine-like cider that is rather crisp and clean. With a mix of multiple types of berries found across Canada, it has some natural sweetness from the fruits. Balanced apples and berries make it light and gives it a rose gold colour. Drinks very much like a rosé wine but is very clean and light bodied.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 3.5
Sour – 3
Crisp – 4
Dry – 2.5
Fruity – 3

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Thornbury – Rosé Cider
More Sour – Beaver Valley – Bumbleberry Cider
More Dry – Clafeld – Rose Hip Cider
More Crisp – Stock & Row – Cold Tea

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Kings Mill – Raspberry (Carbonated)

Cider Profile:

Name: Kings Mill – Raspberry (Carbonated)
Sampled October 2020

Brand:  Kings Mill Cider Inc
Type: Flavoured – Raspberry
Location of Brewing: Stirling, ON
ABV: 9%
Website Link: kingsmillcider.com
Ingredients: Apples, raspberries
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A 

Size(s) available: 750ml (bottle)
Availability: Kings Mill Online and Retail Stores
Flavour: Raspberry
Colour:  Transparent, light peach
Carbonation: Medium, infrequently streaming bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Fleshy, bitter-sharp apple with wild raspberry notes. Some earthy elements
Initial Taste: Medium bite from carbonation. Semi-tart and fresh raspberries undertone with semi-sweet apple base
After Taste: Flavours slightly intensifies and becomes more pronounced. Some dryness and more earthy, elements present.  Finishes like a raspberry fruit wine.
On ice: Reduced carbonation and apple elements. Thinner body.

Additional Notes:  The award winning (2019 Craft Beer & Cider Awards at the Royal Winter Fair) Raspberry Cider (carbonated) by Kings Mill is a lighter cider offering – though its ABV 9% – with earthy and fresh natural raspberries.  Not overly juice forward, it is light, clean with some wine-like finishing elements. Tastes infused and not juiced. Becomes more defined as it warms, so feel free to let it get closer to room temperature. 

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Thornbury – Raspberry Apple
More Sour – 401 Cider – Raspberry
More Dry – Beaver Valley – Bumbleberry
More Crisp – 

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Thornbury – Raspberry Apple

Cider Profile:

Name: Thornbury – Raspberry Apple Cider
Sampled August 2020

Brand: Thornbury Village Cider House
Type: Flavoured – Raspberry
Location of Brewing: Thornbury, ON
ABV: 5.2%
Website Link: Thornburycraft.com
Ingredients: Apple cider, fresh pressed Ontario apple juice, Canadian
raspberry juice, sugar, natural flavours, sulphites

Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A 

Size(s) available:  500ml (bottle)
Availability: Thornbury retail + online store, various grocery stores across Ontario
Flavour: Raspberry
Colour: Translucent ruby red
Carbonation: Medium, infrequent streaming bubbles



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Sweet juicy raspberries, with a mild hit of natural bitterness. Some apple notes.
Initial Taste: Light bite from carbonation, Sweet raspberry forward with some raspberry cordial notes and mouthfeel. Some semi-sour apple notes present. Thicker body.
After Taste: Moves from sweet raspberry to more fresh, traditional raspberry jam-type flavour. Flushes quickly from the mouth, with a short aftertaste and mostly clean finish.
On ice: Reduced carbonation, little other change.

Additional Notes:  The Raspberry Apple by Thornbury Craft Cider is a very raspberry-forward offering. Although some apples are present, it’s simply a canvas for smooth, juicy and fresh raspberries to showcase their taste. Very clean without any real elements of fermentation, it’s 5.2% alcohol and semi-sweet with some tart elements. Heavier, thicker body. 

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 4
Sour – 3
Crisp – 3.5
Dry – 2
Fruity – 4.5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Coffin Ridge – Forbidden Pink
More Sour – County – Feral Cider
More Dry – Beaver Valley – Bumbleberry
More Crisp – 401- Raspberry Cider

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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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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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401 Cider Company – Raspberry

Cider Profile:

Name: 401 Cider Co – Raspberry Cider
Sampled March 2020

Brand: 401 Cider Brewery
Type:
Flavoured – Raspberry
Location of Brewing:
Colborne, ON
ABV:
6.5%
Website Link:
401cidercompany.com
Ingredients:
Fermented apple and cranberry juice, sugar, sulphites, natural flavour, potassium sorbate
Gluten Free:
Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 341mL (cans)
Availability:
At retail store and online
Flavour:
Raspberry and Apple
Colour:
Pale rose-gold/red
Carbonation:
Mix of small to medium bubbles, infrequently streaming



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium candied raspberry. Tart apple and cranberry.
Initial Taste: Mild bite from acidity. Quick, sweet candied raspberry. Some sourness from the cranberry juice.
After Taste: Raspberry flavour diminished from the primary taste, but cranberry remains strong. Some mild sour apple flavours peak through. Sugary/sweet residue that lingers in the mouth. Dry finish.
On ice: Becomes thinner and less sweet on ice. Less tart but more alcohol flavour.

Additional Notes: This raspberry cider offering from 401 Cider Co is a semi-sweet, candied, somewhat more commercially appealing offering from the company. It starts out with sour raspberries and transitions into a dry, cranberry finish. As a slightly sour but mostly sweet cider, we recommend consuming this on ice to thin the cider out.

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet –
Brickworks – Rosé Cider
More Sour – Hard Way – Ramboozle
More Dry – Forbidden – Raspberry
More Crisp – Ernest Cider – Rubee

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Coteau Rougemont – Framboise de Glace

Cider Profile:

Name:   Coteau Rougemont – Framboise de Glace
Sampled January 2020

Brand: Coteau Rougemont
Type:
Ice Cider – Flavoured
Location of Brewing: Rougemont, QC
ABV:
8.5%
Website Link:
coteaurougemont.com
Ingredients:
N/A
Gluten Free:
Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 200mL (bottle)
Availability:
SAQs across Quebec
Flavour:
Raspberry
Colour:
Maroon red/purple mix
Carbonation:
Still



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium sweet raspberry aroma. Smells concentrated with a hint of astringency
Initial Taste: No bite, smooth transition to a quick, sweet raspberry with slight tang. Mild astringency.  Slight fruit earthiness. Mild wild raspberry notes. Rather thick to consume.
After Taste: Continues to be a strong raspberry flavour. Slight sour, green apple flavours. Some notable astringency. End sweet and smooth and lingers long.
On ice: More crisp and thin. Becomes a more fruitier, traditional raspberry flavour.

Additional Notes:  This raspberry ice cider is a true delight, providing for a very raspberry forward drink that is smooth and sweet from start to finish. With mild green, sour apple flavours, it has a slight tang amongst the sweet notes. Could be cloyingly sweet to some. On ice, this cider has an even more fruit forward raspberry flavour, and it is much smoother to consume. At 200ml, the bottle goes quick so enjoy slowly.  Seems to age well as we’ve had it for a couple years now.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 4.5
Sour – 3
Crisp – 2.5
Dry – 3.5
Fruity – 4.5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Couteau Rougemont – Fizz Framboise
More Sour – No Boats on Sunday – Cranberry Rosé
More Dry –
More Crisp – 

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Ernest – Bumbleberry

Cider Profile:

Name: Ernest – Bumbleberry
Sampled May 2020

Brand: Ernest Cider Co.
Type:
Flavoured – mixed berries
Location of Brewing:
Newmarket, ON
ABV:
6%
Website Link:
ernestcider.com
Ingredients:
Apples, organic cane sugar, blackberry juice, cranberry juice, raspberry juice, blueberry juice, strawberry juice, purple carrot juice (for colour) natural flavours, potassium sorbate, malic acid, Sulphites.
Gluten Free:
Yes
Sugar Content: 25 g/L

Size(s) available: 473mL (Can)
Availability: 
LCBO and Ernest Online Store
Flavour:
Mixed berries
Colour:
Dark Ruby-Red
Carbonation:
Small, frequently streaming bubbles.



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma of sweet, dark fruit/berry blend. Cordial-like notes.
Initial Taste: Mild bite from acidity and carbonation.  Starts off very slowly and light, building from a slightly sweet apple base to become more berry focused, especially blackberries and strawberries.
After Taste: Mixed berries become very prevalent, bursting with flavour, dominating the palate. Becomes thicker and sweeter as time grows.  Leaves a thick mouthfeel. Lingers awhile, ends on sweet dark fruit notes.
On ice: Carbonation is cut and it’s slightly thinner.

Additional Notes: A different type of cider, The Bumbleberry by Ernest is a blend of Blackberry, Cranberry, Raspberry, Blueberry and Strawberry. It starts light but it gets incredibly full-bodied and thick. More juice-like than apple cider in our opinions, the berries taste unfiltered and undiluted. Sweet and coating in the mouth, its not very sessionable – probably one at a time for dessert is ideal.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 4.5
Sour – 3
Crisp – 1.5
Dry – 2.5
Fruity – 5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Heritage Estate – Eden’s Apple Strawberry
More Sour – Muskoka Lakes – Cliff Jump Cranberry
More Dry – Heartwood – Currant Affair
More Crisp – Pommies – Red Sangria

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Fizz – Framboise

Cider Profile:

Name: Fizz – Framboise (Raspberry)
Sampled October 2019

Brand: Fizz (Coteau Rougemont – Ferme C.M.J.I Robert inc.)
Type:
Flavoured – Raspberry
Location of Brewing:
Rougemont, PQ
ABV:
5%
Website Link:
coteaurougemont.ca
Ingredients:  
N/A
Gluten Free:
Yes
Sugar Content: 28 g/L

Size(s) available: 355ml Cans
Availability:
SAQ (2019)
Flavour: Raspberry
Colour:
Vivid, semi-transparent red
Carbonation:
Some infrequent bubbles from the side of the glass.



Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma of sweet candied raspberry with some sour apple
Initial Taste: Light bite from carbonation. Some semi-tart apple notes followed by a quick showing of candied raspberry
After Taste: Raspberry somewhat dissipates and becomes more traditional semi-sour apple found in most Quebec ciders.  Does not linger overly long.  Some film at the conclusion.
On ice:  Carbonation and acidity is reduced.  More pop-like.

Additional Notes:  The Raspberry Fizz is a light-hearted take at a candied, sweet but not sugary flavoured Quebec cider.  It holds the base of a traditional Quebec cider (almost a green apple taste), with a medium raspberry appearance.  Quite crisp but it finished somewhat filmy. Not complex – more like a cooler in nature. Tastes very close to a Swedish Berry!

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

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – No Boats on Sunday – Cranberry Rosé
More Sour – Annapolis Cider Company – Sour Cherry
More Dry – Still Raspberry – Coteau Rougemont
More Crisp – Bulwark – Blush Cider

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