Ramborn Apple and Quince Blend 2017

It’s time to turn to Ramborn cider that was made in 2017 in combination with quince. It’s their limited edition cider.Company: Ramborn Cider Co.
Place of Origin: Born, Luxembourg
Fruit: apples and quinces
ABV: 7%
Package type: 750ml clear glass bottle with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: white wine glass or chalice glass

Appearance: pours a cloudy pale golden and a huge white foam that slowly reduces to a ring. High carbonation. Body is medium. Sediment on the bottom.

Aroma/Nose: the nose is moderately strong. Notes of wood, unidentified fruits, mirabelle plum, quince, banana and yeast.

Taste: my first taste is dry with a touch of sweetness, low acidity of lemon. Smokiness, low to medium astringency, distant apricot, watery, a bit yeasty. Finishes with a touch of astringency, herbal notes, low bitterness and off-taste of yeast.

Overall: my first time trying this cider was at Cider Gourmet in Frankfurt at CiderWorld2019. I loved its fruitiness and low residual sweetness that rounded up the taste. But judging by the taste of the currently sampled cider, fermentation must have kicked in again making this cider highly carbonated, taste bone dry and yeasty. Unfortunately, for this review, I should evaluate a bottle that was sent to me by Ramborn not cider I had at Cider Gourmet. And, the content of a bottle of Apple and Quince Blend 2017 that was provided by Ramborn is weak. The nose is not rich. The palate is unbalanced, a bit yeasty, not really fruity and with a rather short finish. It’s drinkable but drinking is not entertaining like it was at Cider Gourmet. So I think it would be fair to give two scores. Cider at CiderGourmet would get most probably 4.5 (based on my memories) but this particular bottle sent me for a review gets only 2/6. 

Availability: in Luxembourg from Ramborn’s farm.

Price: Apple & Quince Blend was sent to me by Ramborn Cider Co.

Mostbaron Preh 2017

I’m sure that everyone heard about Empress Maria Theresa from history classes in school. But did you know that Maria Theresa ordered the planting of trees along roadsides? Long-lived trees were planted along the main roads so they were easy to recognise. Fruit trees were planted in the countryside so farmers or soldiers passing through the country could benefit from it and collect the fruit. The importance of fruit trees in Austria was also recognised by Maria Theresa’s son Joseph II, who awarded farmers a silver medal when they planted over 100 fruit trees. More to that, in order to obtain a wedding license, several fruit trees had to be planted.

This is how Maria Theresa and Joseph II contributed to the expansion of the popularity of u.a. Birnenmost in Mostviertel.

Today’s Birnenmost is called Preh. ‘Preh’ means pride is Mostviertel dialect. Company: Verein der Mostbarone
Place of Origin: 
Öhling, Lower Austria, Austria
a blend of Stiegelbirne and Speckbirne
Sweetness as per label: 
halb-trocken (semi-dry)
Package type: 
750 ml clear bottle with screw cap
Recommended type of glass: 
white wine glass

Appearance: pours a clear very pale straw-yellow with a light greenish hue and no head. No carbonation. Body is low to medium.

Aroma/Nose: the nose is strong with notes of gooseberries, chalk, mirabelle plums, grass and a hint of caramel.

Taste: it begins lightly sweet with low to medium acidity of lemon, mirabelle plums, gooseberries,  a touch of bitterness and lemon peel. Finishes with very low astringency and a hint of peppermint.

Overall: Remembering my previous experience with Brous, I tried Preh almost immediately after removing it from the fridge. Interestingly, despite serving it at low temperature, the scent was still exceptionally strong and fruity of gooseberries. Not only the scent was strong but also the taste was longlasting. I adored the nicely balanced acidity and sweetness. I must say I thought that Preh was really delicious. Also, when it warmed up. The Mostbaron Preh is indeed a Birnenmost to be proud of. I’d love to have it again. 5/6

Availability: from their online shop

Price: Preh 2017 was a sample provided by Toni from Mostbarone.