Sagarnoa Cidre by Txopinondo Ciderie

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 ÁureaMaker:S,Date:2017-10-14,Ver:6,Lens:Kan03,Act:Lar02,E-ve
Spanish cider can sometimes be “cider that has gone bad but given a new life”

I left before I got to try Cidre Bouché, but I got to try the other two. So let’s start with the Txopinondo. The cider is made in Basque Country of France and is imported by Casa Bruno in Portland.

Cider: Sagarnoa
Maker: Txopinondo
Location: Basque Region, France
Container: 750ml Bottle
Tasted: At work with coworkers
ABV: 6%
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.

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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.

Rating: 4.5/5

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