Semi-sweet is the second cider made by the Belarusian company Natural Products, the owner of the cider brand Помме Роял (Pomme Royal). Their Semisweet is made from autumn, apple varieties such as Champion, Slava and Bogatyr. Previously I’ve tried their Dry. Company: Pomme Royal
Place of Origin: Shumilino, Vitebsk Region, Belarus
Ingredients: natural apple wine, water, sugar, sulphites
Sweetness as per label: semisweet
Package type: 500ml clear glass bottle with crown cork
Recommended type of glass: pint glass or snifter
Appearance: pours a clear golden with a white and quickly dissipating head. Medium artificial carbonation. Body is low.
Aroma/Nose: I can barely get anything. Only faint notes of green and yellow apples with a touch of apple must.
Taste: my first taste is sweet of sugar with a low acidity of green apples. On the mid-palate faint notes of red apple, apple juice from green apples, and light astringent taste. Finishes dry with a light note typical fo higher alcohols.
Overall: I’m afraid I didn’t like it. The Semisweet tastes like a sugary water flavoured with apples. I can’t say I can detect any notes that can be described as artificial or unpleasant, but I can barely get any notes. Also, it finishes quick leaving a faint apple taste. It could have been really interesting cider if not the high water content detectable on the palate. Also, you can tell that the sugar was added after pasteurisation as you can taste it. Unfortunately, it tastes like an alco-pop. Their Dry was much better. 2/6
Price: Anton from the Russian Dada Cider passed me a bottle when we met up in Berlin.