Happy New Year, cider lovers.
I am very happy the holiday season is over, it’s very stressful for no reason and I had no time to sit down and taste the ciders I’ve been hoarding.
Let’s jump into it: yesterday my boss asked my coworkers to purchase some Spanish style ciders to taste for a cider we are making in collaboration with a local restaurant. They brought back these three:
– Txopinondo Sagarnoa Cidre
– Cidre Bouché Brut de Normanie
– Poma Áurea
Spanish cider can sometimes be “cider that has gone bad but given a new life”
Location: Basque Region, France
Container: 750ml Bottle
Tasted: At work with coworkers
Availability: Wildly Available
First: I noticed the substance floating in the bottom. Yeast bits are hanging out at the bottom of the bottle. The smell is a strong vinegar smell like other Spanish-style ciders. It’s very refreshing, awakening and herbal. It pours basically still with only a few bubbles rushing to the top.
It’s a very refreshingly light cider. Clean finish and not too sour/vinegary. The apples are delicious. We had it a little colder than room temperature (but the room was 58 degrees) and we were able to taste flavors beyond the apple. It’s juicy and citrusy with a hint of earthy flavors.
In the end, it was an amazing cider. I will definitely be purchasing again for parties and dinners. The complexity is low-key mind blowing and I am very happy this was my first cider from France.