Zeffer Cider Company Apple Crumble

Apple Crumble is a classic UK dessert made with apples and other fruits and a crispy crumb topping. Agreed, the name sounds delicious for a pie, but for a cider? Apple Crumble is a limited edition cider from the New Zealand-based Zeffer Cider Company.Company: Zeffer Cider Co.  
Place of Origin: Auckland, New Zealand
Ingredients: unknown apple varieties, cinnamon, vanilla, blackberry leaves
Sweetness as per label: unknown
ABV: 5.4%
Package type: 330ml brown glass bottle with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: chalice glass, pint glass or white wine glass

Appearance: pours a clear copper with a short-lived white foam, which reduces to a long lasting ring. Low carbonation. Body is low.

Aroma/Nose: the scent is dominated by the aroma of cinnamon. Further notes belong to blackcurrant and distant vanilla. But no apple.

Taste: the first taste has a light sweetness in there with notes of cinnamon and both lemon and vinegary medium acidity. The mid-palate has a flavour of baked apples, red apples and a distant hint of vanilla. The aftertaste has a touch of bitterness and a hint of blackcurrant.

Overall: I am pleasantly surprised with this one. The Apple Crumble is drinkable and complex with the right level of sweetness. If it tasted less sweet it would be just boring, I think. The note of cinnamon is perhaps too dominating both on the nose and the palate covering apple notes, but the palate is rich and flavours move smoothly from one to another. I think that Zeffer’s Apple Crumble is a refreshing alternative to traditional ciders. Even the cider purist in me had to admit it. 4/6

Availability: to my knowledge currently only in Lager Lager in Berlin-Neukölln.

Price: 24 RM (4.80 EUR) at Ales & Lagers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia