Canada > Quebec > Hemmingford
tom10101 (243) Quebec | May 3, 2015
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Visited on a saturday afternoon (may 2nd 2015. Located near Cidrerie du Minot and not too far from La Face Cachée de la Pomme and Vergers Philion.
Ambiance: Very small tasting room / boutique in a wooden barn.
Service: The owner was super friendly and took at least 30 minutes to discuss with us about their products and their business in general. Very interesting.
Selection: There 3 rateable products, a perry mistelle and a few ice wines. Everything is available "to go" and the ice perrys were all available for tasting in small flights.
Value: Tasting flights (a bit less than 1/2 oz were free). Bottles to go are at a similar price than in SAQ stores. It’s pricey, but it’s also high quality.
Overall: A fun place to visit. Not one that I would make the trip for because all their rateable products are available in SAQ stores, but definitely worth a stop as a part of a visit of Hemmingford cideries.
NobleSquirrel (209) Chicago, Illinois | July 2, 2013
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
Stopped in with my wife on our way to Vermont from Montreal. Wooden barn-type building with a small tasting room. We too had to call for someone to help us out and when he showed up, was incredibly kind and allowed us to try almost everything (no ice wine). Prices are on the high side but it’s a superior product, imo, to the ciders. Definitely recommend stopping in.
j12601 (285) Poughkeepsie, New York | July 15, 2012
76 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Another stop with my wife, Andy, and Max during another trip to Hill Farmstead where we went up a day early and went through Canada to stop at a few cideries and spend a night in Montreal. Salamandre is another gorgeous location in Hemmingford, and if you have the time I’d advise stopping at them, du Minot, la Face, and Philion all in one day as they’re very close to each other. Like a lot of the cideries they are small and do not keep a lot of extra employees, particularly someone on staff just to run a tasting room that may not see many (or any) people during a given day. They do have a beautiful tasting room however. When we arrived there was a walky-talky hanging on the closed door to the tasting room and after following the direction to use it to call up someone who must have been out working elsewhere on the property, someone came. We sampled a number of the products they have available. The perry is free to taste but for a couple of the wines they do charge a small (and for the quality, very reasonable) fee. We gladly paid for samples and bought a few bottles as well. Worth a stop if you’re in the area.
JoeMcPhee (515) Toronto, ON, Ontario | July 8, 2010
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
A cool little spot just a short drive from Vergers du Minot and La Face Cachee. The place was deserted when we got there, but the owner had placed a small walkie-talkie by the door that said to push for service - I guess I would do the same if I lived next door to where I worked. The place is named for a small endangered salamander that lives in the region. They are currently making their ice perry from apples purchased from a farm close by, but their own orchards should be coming on line shortly. They make two versions of pear cider, one containing only juice from single type of pear (bosc) and the other a blend of bosc and another pear that I can’t recall. They also sell a still white wine made from vidal grapes and that same juice is also made into a delicious ice wine. They’ve got a great little place here and they were so friendly that I can only wish them the best.
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