Hedgehog. This is what Hérisson means in French. Despite the French-sounding name Hérisson Cidre is a Lithuanian cider brand owned by UAB ITALIANA LT, one of the biggest sparkling wine producers in Lithuania. Hérisson Cidre is made from selected ripe apples coming from Lithuanian orchards. That’s what the label says.
Company: UAB Italiana LT
Place of Origin: Kaunas, Lithuania
Apples: unknown apple varieties from Lithuanian orchards
Sweetness as per label: unknown
Package type: 750ml green glass champagne bottle sealed with a champagne cork with cage
Recommended type of glass: flute or pint glass
Ingredients: fermented apple juice, sugar, carbon dioxide, sulphur dioxide and potassium sorbate.
Appearance: pours a clear very pale straw with artificial carbonation and light body.
Aroma/Nose: The nose is rather poor with apple juice, artificial apple flavour and something sweet.
Taste: It starts very sweet with no acidity to break the sweetness. The mid-palate has flavours of sweet green and red apples and a note of elderflower. No tannins perceivable. I can taste some kind of artificial apple flavour (although it is not mentioned in the ingredients list).
Overall: I would rather describe this cidre as fizzy apple juice with some alcohol than cider. I didn’t like the sweet syrupy taste and strong notes of apple juice. I shared a bottle of this cidre with my family and friends, and my mom was the only one who found this alco-pop drinkable. I wouldn’t buy it again. 1.5/6
Availability: found it here, dobrewino.pl
Price: bought from a local supermarket in Leszno, Masovia at 11.5 PLN (2.75 EUR)