Next up is another cider recently released by Val de Rance from Brittany. It’s their Les Celliers Associés L’Authentique French Cider Raspberry. Apparently, this raspberry cider received Bronze at the International Cider Challenge in London 2018. Previously, I reviewed the Pear, Lemon Ginger and Brut.Company: Val de Rance
Place of Origin: Pleudihen-sur-Rance, Brittany, France
Ingredients: French cider, raspberry juice from concentrate, natural raspberry flavour, natural flavour, potassium bi-disulfite.
Package type: 330ml amber glass with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: wine glass or chalice glass
Appearance: pours a clear ruby with a large white head that doesn’t dissipate at all leaving a large foam. Medium carbonation. Low to medium body.
Aroma/Nose: the nose is very strong and smells of raspberry candies and raspberry candy powder.
Taste: it starts lightly sweet with low acidity of lemon and raspberry. On the mid-palate, lingering note of raspberry candy that moves towards raspberry candy powder note and creamy raspberry. Finishes with a taste of candy powder and a distant chemical and slightly bitter note.
Overall: Similarly to previously tasted ciders from their range, the Les Celliers Associés L’Authentique French Cider Raspberry can be also classified as a fruit cider and an alco-pop. Both the nose and the palate are dominated by notes typical for raspberry candies and powder candies. I can’t say that the taste is unpleasant as it was the case with previously tastes Pear and Lemon Ginger. Quite on the contrary, it’s actually drinkable. But it is definitely not a cider but a raspberry-flavoured unidentified beverage. I’m not exactly sure what’s the point of realising a product that is called a cider but has only an array of different kind of raspberries flavours. For those who don’t want to taste the flavour of apples in their cider. 2.5/6
Price: a sample was provided by Nolwenn from Les Celliers Associés.