It may sound unbelievable, but Romain, one of the founders of Cidre Mauret from France, actually discovered cidre in far Australia, not Brittany or Normandy as one would expect. In his defence, I must say that Romain comes from the French northern city of Lille, which is famous for its beer, not cider.
The Mauret’o is basically Cidre Mauret mixed with natural flavours of rum, peppermint and lime. Company: SAS Mauret
Place of Origin: Pont-à-Marcq, France
Ingredients: a blend of six apple varieties (95%) and pears (5%) from Normandy and Picardy with natural flavours of rum, peppermint and lime
Package type: 330ml clear bottle with crown cork
Recommended type of glass: wine glass or pint
Appearance: pours a lightly cloudy pale amber with an orange hue and a quickly dissipating white head. Medium and artificial carbonation. Body is also medium. Some sediment in the bottom.
Aroma/Nose: the scent is strong with notes of fresh peppermint, apple juice pressed from French bittersweet cider apples, caramel, dried apricots, raisins and other dried stone fruits.
Taste: my first taste is slightly sweet with a very low acidity of lemon. On the mid-palate, bittersweet apples, dried apricots, dried fruits, a watery taste with a low to medium astringency and notes of peppermint, caramel and a touch of rum. It finishes dry with a lingering note of peppermint, apricots, a touch of rum and a watery taste.
Overall: I’m not too sure what to think about it. But if we put the Mauret’o in a cocktail-based category, then I must say it is really good. The Mauret’o tastes basically like a cider-based cocktail and I guess that was the idea behind creating it. It’s a tasty French cidre with additional, natural flavours adding complexity to an already flavourful beverage. The Mauret’o is refreshing and not too sweet, so it should find broad appeal. It could be less watery though. Summarizing, I could imagine having it again at a party with friends. I liked it. 4/6.
Availability: mainly in Lille. Online from La Cave du Tuileries.
Price: Mauret’o was a sample provided by Romain from Cidre Mauret.