Mr. Plūme Ābolu Sidrs Pussausais 2016

Ābolu Sidrs Pussausais 2016 is a semi-dry offering from Mr. Plūme. If you happen to go to Latvia, don’t forget to visit Maris and his wife at their cidery. If you’re lucky, perhaps Maris will play his guitar. Company: Mr. Plūme sidra darītava
Place of Origin: Jumpravas pagasts, Lielvārdes novads, Latvia
Apples a blend of local apple varieties
Sweetness as per label:
ABV: 6.5%
Package type: 
750ml clear glass with natural cork
Recommended type of glass: 
wine glass or snifter

Appearance: pours a clear straw yellow with no head. No visible carbonation. Body is low to medium.

Aroma/Nose: the aroma is intense and fruity with notes of cinnamon, baked apples, quince, fresh and ripe yellow apples with a hint of green apples and light pear.

Taste: my first taste is medium sweet, low to medium acidity of lemon. The mid-palate has smokiness, a note of caramel, yellow apples, light quince, lingering yet pleasant lemon. Finishes with a light bitterness of apple seeds and caramel. 

Overall: after sampling 5 ciders from Mr. Plūme I have the impression that they have a very similar tasting profile. The only significant difference I can get is the level of sweetness. Honestly, I’d wish more diversity in taste between Mr. Plūme’s offerings. As for the Pussausais, it is also a very pleasant and drinkable cider with a lovely and refreshing nose. Just like the previously reviewed ciders of Mr. Plūme. I guess if it was sparkling it would taste even better and even more refreshing than uncarbonated version. It’s an apple wine that will please everyone’s palate but I would rather advise to drink it on a warm than a hot day. I would buy it again. 4.5/6

Availability: available from Mr. Plūme. At farmers markets and many other places in Latvia. Possibly also from Siidrimaja in Tallinn, at Sarkozy in Vilnius, Holm Cider in Copenhagen and MostBirnHaus in Austria.

Price: Ābolu Sidrs Pussausais 2016 was a sample provided by Māris from Mr. Plūme.

Mr. Plūme Ābolu Sidrs Saldais 2016

I’m sure that most of you have already noticed by now that bottles from the Latvian cider maker Mr. Plūme have one of the most eye-catching and intriguing labels out there. Since Māris is an artist, it was obvious that the label of his product has to be artistic as well. A friend of Māris, Aleksandrs Bētiņš who designed the labels found inspiration in works of the Belgian surrealist painter René Magritte who often used the image of the apple in his paintings. As a side note, Magritte’s apples inspired also Paul McCartney who used the green apple as the logo of the Beatles’ record label Apple Corps.

Today I give you the Ābolu Sidrs Saldais 2016, a sweet cider from Mr. Plūme.
Company: 
Mr. Plūme sidra darītava
Place of Origin: Jumpravas pagasts, Lielvārdes novads, Latvia
Apples a blend of local apple varieties
Sweetness as per label: sweet
ABV: 6.5%
Package type: 
750ml clear glass with natural cork
Recommended type of glass: 
wine glass or snifter

Appearance: pours a clear pale golden with no head. No visible carbonation. Body is medium.

Aroma/Nose: the aroma is intense and fruity with notes of quince, lychee, yellow apples and light caramel.

Taste: it starts medium sweet with low to medium acidity of lemon. On the mid-palate note of quince, fresh yellow apples, a smoky note with light caramel. It finishes with a lingering note of quince and baked apples with a very light astringent note and a touch of lemon candy.

Overall: sweet yet refreshing. Saldais is a sweet but not overly sweet apple wine with a good level of acidity balancing out the sweetness. So even those who prefer their cider on the drier side will not complain. The fruity flavours smoothly move from one to another and offer a very pleasant journey in the glass. More to that, the aromas and the finish have a good intensity and length. Māris, if you had entered the CiderWorld 2018 competition with this cider, you would have most probably received an award. But since you haven’t, you’ll get 5 out of 6 points from me. A really good cider that will satisfy every palate.

Availability: available from Mr. Plūme. At farmers markets and many other places in Latvia. Possibly also from Siidrimaja in Tallinn, at Sarkozy in Vilnius, Holm Cider in Copenhagen and MostBirnHaus in Austria.

Price: Ābolu Sidrs Saldais 2016 was a sample provided by Māris from Mr. Plūme.

Mr. Plūme Ābolu Sidrs Dzirkstosais 2016

Spring has arrived in Europe (at least in Berlin) with sunshine and temperatures above 20 degrees Celsius. So I thought to give a try to a nicely chilled sparkling cider Ābolu Sidrs Dzirkstosais 2016 from Mr. Plūme. The Dzirkstosais is a blend of various Latvian apple varieties and local crab apples, and also two vintages. Interestingly, the Dzirkstosais was obtained using the keeving process combined with several rackings, a method that retains the sweetness in cider. Company: Mr. Plūme sidra darītava
Place of Origin: Jumpravas pagasts, Lielvārdes novads, Latvia
Apples a blend of various Latvian apple varieties and local crab apples
Sweetness as per label: semi-sweet
ABV: 5.5%
Package type: 
375 ml amber glass champagne corked bottle
Recommended type of glass:
flute or chalice glass

Appearance: pours a cloudy pale golden with a large white frothy head. Carbonation is high and natural. Body is low to medium.

Aroma/Nose: the nose is fruity and acidic with notes of lemon, lime, fresh green and ripe yellow apples, ripe juicy pears and a hint of yeast and cloves.

Taste: it has a lightly sweet and slightly acidic start. Next notes that come into play are of lemon, yellow and green apples, ripe pears. Also, a smoky and vinous note with a light astringent taste appear on the mid-palate. The finish is dry and short with a light astringency, a taste of ripe pears and yellow apples with a hint of green apples. A very distant hint of bitterness and light chalky taste as well.

Overall: should good or bad news come first? I’ll start with what I liked, the Dzirkstosais from Mr. Plūme is very fruity and aromatic, both on the nose and the palate. Especially, I was fond of the ripe pear taste. Also, I loved the structure, nicely balanced sweetness and acidity with a touch of soft tannins. However, I have a comment to make here. The finish is too short so the lovely fruity taste of the Dzirkstosais disappears too fast. Also, it lacks a bit body. In spite of that, I enjoyed the Dzirkstosais very much. I think it’s a versatile cider that can be likeable by everyone, as it is not too sour, not too dry or too sweet. Just the finish is too short. But, yes, I would love to have it again. 4/6 

Availability: available from Mr. Plūme. At farmers markets and many other places in Latvia. Possibly also from Siidrimaja in Tallinn, Holm Cider in Copenhagen and MostBirnHaus in Austria.

Price: Ābolu Sidrs Dzirkstosais 2016 was a sample provided by Māris from Mr. Plūme.

Mr. Plūme Ābolu Sidrs Sausais 2016

You’d never guess but Berlin is the place where Māris Plūme’s passion for cider was born. Māris is actually a musician, who was looking in Berlin for his own path. And, he found it. To a party organised by a Latvian friend living in Berlin, someone brought a homemade cider created from Latvian apples. Māris tried it and thought this cider tasted great. In the same moment, he realised that he could also make cider from Latvian apples. But first, he had to learn how to make one. So after he completed a short internship with Domaine Dupont and at a most-producing family in Mostviertel,  GenussBauernhof Distelberger in Austria, he was ready to start his own business in Latvia, Mr. Plūme.Company: Mr. Plūme sidra darītava
Place of Origin: Jumpravas pagasts, Lielvārdes novads, Latvia
Apples a blend of wild crab apples with local apple varieties
Sweetness as per label: dry
ABV: 6.5%
Package type: 
750ml clear glass with natural cork
Recommended type of glass: 
wine glass or snifter

Appearance: pours a clear pale golden with no head. No visible carbonation. Body is low to medium.

Aroma/Nose: the aroma is fruity and acidic with notes of overripe apples, yellow apples, distant green apples, light vinous, light incense, honeydew and quince.

Taste: it begins dry with some residual sweetness and a medium acidity of lemon. Yellow apples, a pleasant lingering citrusy taste of both, lemon juice and flesh, a light astringent taste and honeydew on the mid-palate. The finish is dry and citrusy of lemon and lightly chalky with a note of yellow and overripe apples.

Overall: I love the label, but the bottle and cork aren’t really inviting (sorry, Māris). But when you decide to explore the bottle content you’ll not regret it. Ābolu Sidrs Sausais from Mr. Plūme is a very well structured, clear tasting and pleasant apple forward apple wine with light tannin and lingering fruity notes. Actually, I think it may easily compete with the best apple wines from the most renowned cider makers. It will pair well with fish and poultry. But you can drink it alone, e.g. I watched the telly and sipped it the whole evening. I adored Ābolu Sidrs Sausais! Hopefully, ciders from Mr. Plūme will be soon available in my area. 4.5/6 

Availability: available from Mr. Plūme. At farmers markets and many other places in Latvia. Possibly also from Siidrimaja in Estonia, Holm Cider in Copenhagen and MostBirnHaus in Austria.

Price: Ābolu Sidrs Sausais 2016 was a sample provided by Māris from Mr. Plūme.