Ramborn Cider from Luxembourg has just released six different limited edition ciders and one perry. I’m one of the lucky ones who received samples of these exquisite products. I’ll kick off with the Ramborn Vintage Luxembourg Perry 2017 harvest. As a refresher, Luxembourgish perry pears are famous for their high tannin content. Company: Ramborn Cider Co.
Place of Origin: Born, Luxembourg
Pears: traditional pear varieties including Nelchesbirne and Mostbirne
Package type: 750ml clear glass bottle with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: wine glass or snifter
Appearance: pours a clear pale amber with an orange hue and a large short-lived white foam. Medium artificial carbonation. Body is low to medium.
Aroma/Nose: the scent is strong and aromatic with notes of ripe pear, green apples, vinegar, bubblegum and herbal notes.
Taste: it begins lightly sweet with a strong tannic kick and very low acidity. Notes of ripe pears, low vinegary notes, a bit watery, strong astringency on the mid-palate. Finishes dry and quite fast with persistent astringency, a light note of caramel and a touch of fresh cucumber.
Overall: the astringency of Luxembourgish perry pears will never stop amazing me. The Ramborn perry starts with a strong tannic kick, which stays as the tannin is detectable throughout the whole sip. Sadly, the taste is short and finishes quickly. Only the mouth-puckering astringency stays almost forever. In addition, the perry tastes slightly watery. It’s not a bad offering but I have the impression that ageing didn’t do well to this perry. Ramborn’s perry from their regular lineup is much more appealing. In summary, worth trying as the astringency is very special but the overall taste impression is unfortunately average. 3/6
Availability: in Luxembourg from Ramborn’s farm.
Price: Perry was sent to me by Ramborn Cider Co for testing.