Maeloc Sidra Extra Ecológica

Maeloc Sidra Extra Ecológica was one of the four Spanish sidras that were available from Carrefour Express located at the famous La Rambla in Barcelona. I’ve already tried the Etiqueta Blanca from El Gateiro and wasn’t in the mood for Pear Cider from The Good Cider so I didn’t have much choice left. This is how I ended with a bottle of the Sidra Extra Ecológica from Maeloc, an organic cider brand from Galicia, Spain. Interestingly, it won a Gold Medal at the International Cider Challange 2014.Company: Maeloc Way
Place of Origin: A Coruña, Galicia, Spain
Apples: organic Galician apples
Sweetness as per label: doesn’t say
Alc: 4.1%
Package type: 750 ml green glass champagne corked bottle
Recommended type of glass: flute

Appearance: pours a clear pale golden with a large white head, which quickly dissipates. High and unlikely natural carbonation. Low to medium body.

Aroma/Nose: it has almost no aroma. Only faint notes of yellow apples and still fermenting apples.

Taste: it starts medium sweet with low acidity. On the mid-palate ripe yellow apples, hints of lemon and orange with a touch of astringency. And, that would be it.

Overall: as expected, Sidra Extra Ecológica from Maeloc turned out to be a fizzy soft-drink tasting like a quite sweet version of an effervescent multivitamin with orange flavour and a touch of astringency. I thought it was below average and didn’t pair well with the tapas I  purchased at the Mercat de la Boqueria (famous food market in Barcelona). Just a waste of time and money. How could it pick up an award??? 2/6

Availability: seems to be available in many supermarkets across Europe.

Price: bought locally in Careffour Express in Barcelona at 2.75 EUR.

Maeloc Sidra con Fresa

Maeloc Sidra con Fresa (strawberry-flavoured cider) from Galicia region of Spain.Maeloc con fresa.jpgCompany: Maeloc Way
Place of Origin: A Coruña, Galicia, Spain
Ingredients: Galician apples, 6% strawberry juice from concentrate and aroma. 
Sweetness as per label: dry cider with a strawberry flavour.
Alc: 4%
Package type: 330 ml amber glass bottle with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: any glass will do

Appearance: pours a clean, pale red body (strawberry jam-like) with a large white head, which quickly disappears. High and unlikely natural carbonation.

Aroma/Nose: when I opened the bottle a strawberry aroma typical for strawberry jam or fizzy drink appeared. Definitely not natural. No apples on the nose. Strawberries totally overpowered the aroma of this sidra.

Taste: strawberry jam with some hints of strawberry ice cream, milkshake or candy. Maeloc is moderately sweet, slightly acidic but not dry as stated on the bottle. Again, I can’t taste any apples. In the aftertaste, there is a strange artificial flavour. But again, no apples.

Overall: not that bad as I expected. Basically, it tasted like a fizzy strawberry jam lemonade. It is not as artificial as the most mass-market flavoured ciders but the problem with this cider is that the strawberry flavour is too dominating. It is a nice fizzy summer drink though. 2.5/6

Availability: seems to be available in many supermarkets all over Europe.

Price: bought locally in Karstadt in Berlin for 1 EUR.