This is a well-made and refreshing cider with ripe notes of apple, pear skin, and just a hint of citrus rind to keep it refreshingly perky through the finish. It’s a nice beginning cider that shows the emerging Ontario style — dry, crisp and tart.
This is an everyday cider that highlights freshness and vibrancy with a subtle effervescence on the palate. The pure demi-sweet-and-tart apple flavours explode on the palate leaving a clean and finessed feel on the finish.
This rich golden-hued cider crafted on Gabriola Island in British Columbia changes every year based on the orchard's apple crop. The 2017 version has aromas of young cantaloupe, Queen Anne’s Lace and wet stone. This off-dry sparkling cider has a medium body and firm tannins with flavours of Granny Smith apple skins and mint. Made with old-world cider apples, it’s both fresh and complex. Try the 2018 version at the cidery.
Small-batch English ciders are rare in Canada, so it's a delight to drink this Somerset sparkler. Made with juice pressed from British heritage cider apples that cidermaker Neil Worley sources from orchards around Somerset and then presses himself, this semi-sweet amber-hued cider has rich dessert apple flavours, a lightly sweet caramel finish, light acidity to balance and a low barnyard-like funk that makes it quintessentially British. A great cider for those who like the sweeter side of the beverage but crave a bit more complexity. Available from Ontario's Communal Merchants via private order.
Crafted by a husband and wife team using 100% Ontario pears, a sniff of this perry reveals overripe Bartlett pear flesh and a touch of funk. There’s a clean, zippy acidity that balances the sweet and tart flavours, with a medium-dry finish. But don’t call it a cider! Perries are made with only pear juice, whereas a pear cider has an apple juice base with pear juice added for flavour.
Crafted using the dry, spritz-y base of Ernest Dry, the flagship of new Ontario cidery Winter’s Blush pours a light pink with a lovely bouquet of cloves, orange peel and red delicious apples on the nose. Fermented with a touch of fresh-pressed cranberry juice, and steeped with orange peel, cardamom, cinnamon and cloves, this off-dry apple sparkler sips a bit like Christmas. Pair it with turkey dinner, the cranberry juice will find harmony with turkey, cranberry sauce and all the fixings.
Pouring a deep gold with brilliant clarity and large bubbles, this sparkling UK cider is a new arrival in Canada. Made from a blend of oak and stainless-aged apple juices, aged up to 18 months, this entry-level cider has enough complexity to satisfy more educated sippers. A bright pome fruit aroma on the nose is followed by a sip that balances sweetness with bright acidity and backing notes of light oak, vanilla, apple pie crust and leather.