I can’t help but smile when I see the brand name of cider that I am about to review today, Big Smile from Austria. Uplifting! This cider company was established by Martin and Doris who successfully raised the necessary funding using a crowdfunding platform in March 2015. For their cider, they use locally sourced apples. Mainly Jonagold with the addition of old apple varieties such as Gravensteiner or Kronprinz Rudolph that are used in the blend.Company: Big Smile Handel e. U.
Place of Origin: Vienna, Austria
Ingredients: apple wine, apple juice, sulphites, carbon dioxide
Package type: 330ml clear glass bottle with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: pint glass or wine glass
Appearance: pours a slightly cloudy pale gold with a white foam that quickly dissipates. Low artificial carbonation. Low body.
Aroma/Nose: the nose is sweetish with notes of banana, yeasty aromas, yellow apples, honey and a hint of sulphur. And, it’s not very strong.
Taste: it starts semi-sweet with a low acidity of lemon. Honey, banana, lemon candy, light astringency, a slightly watery taste on the mid-palate. The aftertaste is dry with a hint of sulphur, thyme and canned pineapple.
Overall: Hard Apple Cider from Big Smile from Austria is a well-made cider with an interesting set of flavours. It’s drinkable and tastes quite alright but the taste could be a bit more lingering and the nose more intense. The sulphuric note is just there in the background but rather complements this cider than does any negative to it. Personally, I would prefer a bit less sweetness but I think it will be very well received by every cider drinker. A pleasant drop with an interesting palate made from quality apples. Will pair well with goat cheese. 4/6
Availability: online in Germany from Ciderei.
Price: Big Smile from Austria Hard Apple Cider was a sample provided by Ciderei.