The Trabanco family has been making sidra on a commercial scale in Gijón, in the beautiful Spanish region of Asturias since 1925. As almost every family in this region, the Trabancos have been making sidra long before that but only for their own use. Sidra Trabanco has quickly emerged from a small family business to the large and well prospering Trabanco Group. Today I have the pleasure of sampling their Lagar de Camin from their sparkling sidra range.
Company: Sidra Trabanco
Place of Origin: Gijón, Asturias, Spain
Apples: a blend of bitter, acidic and sweet apple varieties
Sweetness as per label: brut
Package type: 750ml green glass champagne corked bottle
Recommended type of glass: flute or white wine glass
Appearance: pours a clear pale golden with a huge quickly reducing white head. High carbonation. Body is low to medium.
Aroma/Nose: the nose is dry and sweet at the same time, with notes of vinegar, tart apples, funk, barnyard, leather, fermented yellow apples, oak. Underlying slightly floral notes with a green apple round up the aroma.
Taste: it begins with high sweetness and low vinegary and citrusy acidity with grapefruit notes. On the mid-palate fermented apples and yellow apples with a lingering flavour of smoked cheese and a hint of green apple. It finishes dry with a grapefruit peel bitterness to the end.
Overall: Trabanco’s Lagar de Camin is a decent Spanish sidra that can be likeable. It has typical features of this cider style, acetic acidity and grapefruit flavours. Also, it has a nice structure and good breadth of flavours that are not boring. In my view, the taste of vinegar is not abundant, so it’s gentle on your stomach. It is advertised as sidra that pairs well with desserts, and I think I can agree with this recommendation. Moreover, Asian dishes could also pair well with it in my opinion. Personally, I found the Lagar de Camin too sweet to my palate but I didn’t get an impression that I am drinking a sugar-loaded acetic lemonade. Not at all! I enjoyed it. 4/6
Price: purchased earlier last year at Chmielołak in Warsaw at 32 PLN (7.55 EUR). Unfortunately, I don’t think they carry it anymore.