Ramborn Avalon Vintage 2015

According to the Arthurian legend, Avalon was an island full of wild apple trees. And so is the Avalon from Ramborn Cider Company, full of apples coming from old and forgotten apple orchards. The Avalon features 82 different apple varieties. You can find their names on a poster that comes with a beautiful and exquisite packaging, thus making you feel that you are drinking not just any cider, but an extraordinary beverage. I’ve received the Avalon for testing a while ago, but the bottle along with the packaging were just so beautiful and looked so precious, I couldn’t help but stare at the Avalon and constantly delay the moment of uncorking the bottle. Just take a look at the picture below and you’ll understand why. But, I’m ready to try it now.Company: Ramborn Cider Co.
Place of Origin: Born, Luxembourg
Apples: a blend made from 82 apple varieties
ABV: 6.3%
Package type: 375ml clear glass bottle with natural cork
Recommended type of glass: white wine glass

Appearance: pours a clear deep golden with no head. It is supposed to be still, but there are a few tiny bubbles in the glass. Body is medium.

Aroma/Nose: first note that I get is champagne or white wine-like, but of a noble wine,  not cheap. It smells of both crisp and overripe red apples with a touch of pear. I also get sweet fruity notes. Very inviting.

Taste: the first sip is moderately sweet with low to medium acidity and a note of lemon with blood orange. The mid-palate has a light note of smoked cheese with red crisp apples, a note of white wine and gentle astringency from the tannin. The aftertaste is dry with a pleasant lingering red apple note and a delicate blood orange-bitterness. Once it goes down the throat you can feel the alcohol’s warming effect.

Overall: the Avalon is a beautiful cider, which is very well balanced on the palate, with a long, and pleasant lingering finish. The level of both sweetness and acidity is just right. Moreover, the Avalon comes in an extremely inviting packaging, which makes it just perfect as a gift for any occasion. I assure you that the person to receive the Avalon will not be disappointed as it is a great cider for everyone. However, I have one note to make. If you are in the mood for a lightly sparkling cider or thirst quencher, you’d better grab a bottle of the Original, another cider from Ramborn. But, if you are in the mood for white wine or just want to celebrate, then consider having the Avalon as it is an excellent alternative to white wine. 5.5/6

Availability: all over Luxembourg. Many bars and restaurant stock the Avalon. In Germany available at this moment only from The Hop Shop Trier.

Price: the Avalon was sent to me by Ramborn Cider Co for testing.

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