After the Ramborn Vintage Luxembourg Perry 2017, I’m going to sample cider that was made with Luxembourgish apples pressed in 2016, blended and subsequently aged in a single malt whisky barrel.Company: Ramborn Cider Co.
Place of Origin: Born, Luxembourg
Apples: Luxembourgish apple varieties
Package type: 750ml clear glass bottle with cork
Recommended type of glass: wine glass or snifter
Appearance: pours a clear pale amber/golden with no head. No carbonation. Body is low to medium.
Aroma/Nose: the scent is strong and aromatic with notes of wood, vanilla, coconut, smokiness, alcohol and a hint of pineapple and mirabelle plums.
Taste: it starts dry with a moderate acidity of lemon. Further notes mirabelle plum, burnt caramel, a touch of bitterness, smokiness, vanilla. Finishes dry with a touch of lemon, caramel, wood and hint of ripe juicy apricots.
Overall: I know what you’re thinking. Cider aged in whisky barrel must taste brilliant. Well, not exactly. You can clearly taste the impact of ageing in the barrel as you get notes of wood, vanilla, smokiness, pineapple and coconut. But only fruity notes of mirabelle plum and ripe juicy apricots reveal that it was actually cider aged in that single malt whisky barrel. It’s very rich in terms of flavours and interestingly they come and go. In that sense, it is a quality product. But I found it a bit overdone. The influence of barrel ageing on aroma and taste is too strong and masks the taste of the fruit. I think it’s good. Many will find it fantastic though. 4/6
Availability: in Luxembourg from Ramborn’s farm.
Price: Single Malt Whisky Barrel Aged 2016 Harvest was provided by Ramborn Cider Co.