Manzanova is a Spanish brand belonging to the Hijos de Rivera group, which also have Maeloc among other brands in their portfolio. Manzanova was produced by Custom Drinks from Spanish apples sourced from organic farms. Company: Custom Drinks, which is part of the Hijos de Rivera group
Place of Origin: Chantada, Lugo, Galicia, Spain
Apples: Spanish apples from organic farms
Package type: 250ml green glass bottle with pull-off cap
Recommended type of glass: pint glass or white wine glass
Appearance: pours a clear golden with a short-lived massive white foam. Medium artificial carbonation. Body is low.
Aroma/Nose: the nose is slightly funky and sweet and exhibits notes of apple juice with leather and a hint of vinegar.
Taste: it starts medium sweet with low to medium vinegary acidity. On the mid-palate apple juice with a touch of bitterness, leather, and a smoky note with overripe apples. The aftertaste is dry with apple juice taste and gentle astringency.
Overall: Manzanova is a pleasant drop. Not very challenging and a bit too sweet to my palate, but quite complex and enjoyable. I remember I had it once before I started this blog and I didn’t appreciate it at the time. Now, however, I find Manzanova drinkable and ok. For those having a sweet tooth. Also, it pairs well with paella. 3.5/6
Availability: I couldn’t find it online, but Manzanova should be available in Spanish restaurants, tapas bars or any stores carrying Spanish products.
Price: purchased at 2.20 EUR from Lola Spanische Feinkost located in the Marheineke Markthalle in Berlin. Btw, they serve very tasty and authentic Spanish food if you are interested.