Cider has deep roots in Somerset, UK. This is indisputable. But Luxembourg, this tiny country bordering Germany, France and Belgium, has also a beautiful tradition related to the beverage made from fermented apples called locally ‘viez’. So why not combine Somerset and Luxembourg cider heritage together in one bottle? That’s how the Somerset Blend was created, a blend of traditional apple varieties of these two regions, Luxembourg and Somerset.Company: Ramborn Cider Co.
Place of Origin: Born, Luxembourg
Apples: a blend of Luxembourgish and English apples
Sweetness as per label: medium dry
Package type: 330ml clear glass bottle with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: pint glass, white wine glass or snifter
Appearance: pours a clear deep golden with an amber hue and a small quickly dissipating white head. Almost no carbonation. Body is low to medium.
Aroma/Nose: on the nose notes of caramel, yellow and red apples, ripe fresh yellow apples, apple stems and oak with a hint of herbal notes.
Taste: it begins moderately dry with a low acidity. Subsequently, a strong astringent taste gets more prevalent on the taste with a light bitterness of burnt caramel, ripe yellow apples, yellow and red apples and pears. Finishes dry with a light bitterness, a note of burnt caramel, light woody with a touch of yellow apples.
Overall: if I were to create a cider that would be an ode to Somerset and its cider but with a Luxembourgish twist I would have created it exactly like this. Quite strong, but moreish tannins, notes of caramel with lovely lingering apple notes. Sounds lovely, doesn’t it? Ramborn’s Somerset Blend is a complex and easily drinkable cider offering a journey in the glass from Luxembourg to the English Somerset. I loved it. And, you’re gonna love it too. 4.5/6
Availability: all over Luxembourg. In Germany from The Hop Shop Trier and online through Ciderei. In the Netherlands from CiderCider. In Italy from Sidro&Cider. In Switzerland through Ciderhouse.ch. In the UK through Crafty Nectar. In Belgium from Fermenthings.
Price: Somerset Blend was a sample provided by Adie from Ramborn Cider Co.