I know that this again will be a review of a flavoured/mixed/hopped cider but I can’t help it. This seems to be the trend now among European cider producers. This hopped cider is made by Mūrbūdu from Latvia. Their Apinots is a semi-dry cider flavoured with two American hop varieties Mosaic and Citra.
Company: Mūrbūdu Sidra Darītava
Place of Origin: Ērģemes pagasts, Valkas novads, “Klētnieki”, Latvia
Ingredients: a blend of apple varieties from old apple orchards with hops Mosaic and Citra
Sweetness as per label: pussauss (semi-dry)
Package type: 330 ml amber glass with crown cork
Recommended type of glass: wine glass or snifter
Appearance: pours a cloudy golden with a little white head that quickly dissipates. Low and artificial carbonation. Body is low to medium.
Aroma/Nose: the scent is moderately strong with notes of fresh, ripe mango but also unripe mango with lychee and a hint of pine.
Taste: my first taste is lightly sweet with a low to medium acidity of lemon. On the mid-palate, yellow apples, a watery note, unripe and ripe mango with lychee. Finishes dry with a note of pine and lemon.
Overall: Some may think that hops are to cider what milk is to coffee. Milk will make even bad coffee taste good. But unfortunately, hops will not do the same to bad cider. American hops might have indeed added pleasant aromas and richness to the Mūrbūdu Pussauss Apinots. But the hops didn’t help to hide the fact that cider with a watery taste, lacking body was used to make this cider. I’m not trying to say that Mūrbūdu Pussauss Apinots is undrinkable as its taste is quite ok. But once the initial notes of hops are gone, a longlasting watery note appears revealing a rather weak cider base. It’s quite disappointing. Also, hops are too dominating and I can’t get any apple flavour at all. Summarising, drinkable but not amazing. 3/6
Price: Mūrbūdu Pussauss Apinots Saison Sidrs was a sample provided by Mūrbūdu.