It’s freezing outside so the best way to warm up is to drink Apfelglühwein! Apfelglühwein means mulled/spiced cider or apple wine in German. And, mulled/spiced cider is obviously mulled with traditional spices such as cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, cardamon, star anise, allspice, ginger or bay leaves. Sometimes even with orange or lemon to add some tangy twist. Florian from Gutshof Kraatz has crafted his own Apfelglühwein so all you have to do is heat the cider, enjoy it and relax. Company: Kelterei Gutshof Kraatz
Place of Origin: Nordwestuckermark-Kraatz, Germany
Ingredients: Apfelwein and apple juice made from apples coming from local orchards and gardens, sugar, honey, spices (star anise, cinnamon, cloves)
Package type: 750ml clear glass wine bottle with screw cap
Recommended type of glass: ceramic, porcelain or glass mug
Way to serve: bring to a simmer, but don’t boil. You can add extra sugar or honey if desired.
Appearance: pours a hazy clear golden with no head. No carbonation. Body is low. Sediment in the bottle.
Aroma/Nose: the nose exhibits notes of cloves, cinnamon, crisp apple and pear. It smells like a marinade that is used for spiced pickled pear. Except, there is no vinegar note.
Taste: it starts moderately sweet with medium acidity. Then the taste moves to red and yellow apples, cinnamon, cloves, crisp apple, apple juice and a gentle astringent taste. It ends with a lingering flavour of spices with a note of apple juice, baked apples and a hint of bitterness.
Overall: usually cider used for mulled cider is of poor quality as the spices cover all the cider faults so there is no need to use anything better. But you can’t say this about the Apfelglühwein from Gutshof Kraatz. Flavour of spices and Apfelwein are in perfect balance with each other not dominating over another. So you can tell that Apfelwein used by Florian is of good quality giving a lovely lingering flavour of crisp and baked apples. I shared the bottle with a friend and my friend loved it. So did I. This Apfelglühwein warms you up and provides drinking pleasure at the same time. I loved it and would drink it again. 5/6
Note: At first, I’ve tried the Apfelglühwein at room temperature and it tasted less crisp, but when the temperature increased, the level of acidity increased as well. So you might want to add some sugar or honey if you like your cider sweet or to balance out the acidity.
Availability: from their online shop. In Frankfurt from Apfelweinkontor and Apfelweinhandlung. In Berlin from Schaufenster Uckermark located in Markthalle Neun. In Poland through Vinoteka in Szczecin.
Price: sample was provided to me by Florian from Kelterei Gutshof Kraatz