It’s been two years since I last time reviewed a cider from Manfred of Böhm Ciderwerkstatt based in Mulfingen-Hollenbach, Baden-Wüttemberg, Germany. In the meantime, Manfred established a cider cellar along with a shop with locally grown fruit and locally made products. I invite you to visit Böhm Ciderwerkstatt if you are in the Mulfingen-Hollenbach, Baden-Wüttemberg area.
Today’s cider is a blend of all old apple varieties grown in several locations around Mulfingen-Hollenbach. Manfred usually names his cider after the orchard that gave the fruit for the cider but due to frost in early 2020, there were not a lot of fruit so apples come from several orchards. Hence, the name is a more general one Zaisenhausen. As for the apple varieties, Manfred’s cider comprises e.g. Brettacher, Hohenloher Zufallsämling, Jakob Fischer and Bittenfelder Sämling.
Company: Böhm Cider Werkstatt
Place of Origin: Mulfingen-Hollenbach, Baden-Wüttemberg, Germany
Apples: Brettacher, Hohenloher Zufallsämling, Jakob Fischer and Bittenfelder Sämling
Package type: 250 ml clear glass bottle with a screw cap
Recommended type of glass: wine glass
Appearance: pours a clear pale amber with a light orange hue. No visible carbonation. Body is medium.
Aroma/Nose: the nose is rather weak with notes of red apples and oxidized apples with a touch of alcohol.
Taste: my first impression is dry with a touch of residual sweetness and moderate acidity of lemon. On the mid-palate, low astringency, alcohol, low bitterness of apple seeds, a touch of rum. A bit watery. Finishes dry with a note of alcohol and rum.
Overall: Manfred shared with me lab tests of this cider. As per the results, it has 0g sugar. However, interestingly,I could taste some residual sweetness to it. It was not significant but it was there. I guess my taste buds must be hyper sensitive to sweetness. Anyway, the Böhm Ciderwerkstatt Zaisenhausen Mouschd Apfelwein 2020 has a good length, a nice array or flavours. I initially thought that it could be too heavy for a really sunny and warm day due to high ABV, but it was not the case. As is it slightly watery, it doesn’t make you feel that’s too heavy. Also the acidity is nicely balanced and contributes to the overall positive perception of this beverage. My only comment is the nose, which is rather weak and not rich in terms of flavours. Nevertheless, I enjoyed having the Böhm Ciderwerkstatt Zaisenhausen Mouschd Apfelwein 2020 and I think this is one of these ciders that everyone is going to like. 4/6
Availability: from Manfred’s webshop and locally in his shop in Mulfingen-Hollenbach, Baden-Wüttemberg.
Price: a sample of this cider was provided by Manfred