Mr. Plūme Ābolu Karstsidrs 2016

It’s been terribly cold with lots of snow in most parts of Europe for the past two weeks, so similar to most of you I’ve reached for the mulled cider to warm myself up. Since Mr. Plūme, a cider maker from Latvia provided me with a few bottles of their products, and one of them included mulled cider, I’ve decided to give it a go first.

Mr. Plūme is based in Lielvārdes novads, right in the middle of Latvia and actually consists of,  Mr. and Mrs. Plūme, respectively Māris and Dace. I’d better start reviewing before my mulled cider gets cold.Company: Mr. Plūme sidra darītava
Place of Origin: Jumpravas pagasts, Lielvārdes novads, Latvia
Ingredients: a blend of local apple varieties with cinnamon and cloves
ABV: 6.5%
Package type: 750ml clear glass with natural cork
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. Can be served also slightly chilled.

Appearance: pours a clear pale golden with no head. No visible carbonation. Body is low to medium.

Aroma/Nose: the nose is lightly acidic and fruity and exhibits notes of yellow apples, baked apples, cinnamon, cloves and a hint of lemon. Almost smells like an apple pie.

Taste: my first taste is moderately sweet with low to medium refreshing acidity of lemon. On the mid-palate freshly cut juicy yellow and red apples, cinnamon, a very distant astringent taste, light cloves. It finishes dry with a taste of baked apples, yellow apples, the refreshingly crisp acidity of lemon and a light flavour of cinnamon and cloves.

Overall: Ābolu Karstsidrs 2016 from Mr. Plūme tastes simply glorious! It’s light but still full-bodied, has a lovely taste of freshly cut juicy yellow and red apples,  rounded up with spicy aroma of cinnamon and cloves. Mulled cider how it should be, apple forward with a hint of spices to it. I gave it a try also at room temperature before warming it and I was similarly delighted. Summarizing, Ābolu Karstsidrs 2016 from Mr. Plūme is a lovely offering that will please any crowd and even make you enjoy these cold winter days. 5/6 

Availability: available from Mr. Plūme. Seasonally at farmers markets and many other places in Latvia. Possibly also from Siidrimaja in Estonia, Holm Cider in Copenhagen and MostBirnHaus in Austria.

Price: Ābolu Karstsidrs 2016 was a sample provided by Māris from Mr. Plūme.