It might have been warm last week but summer is definitely gone by now. That’s why I grabbed a bottle of cider to cuddle up with. I decided to sample a Latvian cider with ginger made by Mūrbūdu.Company: Mūrbūdu Sidra Darītava
Place of Origin: Ērģemes pagasts, Valkas novads, “Klētnieki”, Latvia
Ingredients: a blend of apple varieties from old apple orchards with ginger
Sweetness as per label: unknown
Package type: 330 ml amber glass with crown cork
Recommended type of glass: wine glass or snifter
Appearance: pours a clear pale golden with a little white head that quickly dissipates. Medium and artificial carbonation. Body is low to medium.
Aroma/Nose: the scent is moderately strong with notes of fresh ginger, ginger ale, yellow apple skin and earthy notes.
Taste: my first impression is lightly sweet with a low to medium acidity of lemon. On the mid-palate, notes of ginger ale, lemon juice, fresh ginger and a hint of pineapple. Finishes slightly spicy with a distant note of yellow apples and low astringency.
Overall: the first thing I got after I took the initial sniff, was an earthy note. I had to grimace as I didn’t find it pleasant. But it might be just me. Anyway, there are also ginger notes present and are pleasant both on the nose and on the palate. Even if they dominate and not much cider flavours come through. It’s not very rich in terms of flavours and only the spiciness of ginger lingers on but it’s quite nicely drinkable. Overall, I think that the Mūrbūdu Ingvera Sidrs Džindžeris is indeed a nice warmer that could also be appreciated on hot summer days. 4/6
Price: Mūrbūdu Ingvera Sidrs Džindžeris was a sample provided by Mūrbūdu.