Today’s review is about the Apple & Pear Blend crafted by Ramborn Cider Co from Luxembourg. As the name already indicates, it is a blend of apples and pears coming from Meadow Orchard harvested in 2017. Company: Ramborn Cider Co.
Place of Origin: Born, Luxembourg
Fruit: apples and pears
Package type: 750ml clear glass bottle with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: pint glass, white wine glass or snifter
Appearance: pours a clear pale golden and a large short-lived white foam. Medium artificial carbonation. Body is low to medium.
Aroma/Nose: moderately strong, ripe pear, vinegar, white wine, a hint of ripe yellow apples. lightly sweetish. pear in vinegar. Pear is dominating.
Taste: my first taste is dry with a touch of sweetness, low acidity of lemon and vinegar. Low persistent bitterness (in the beginning), ripe pear, white wine, low caramel and very low astringency. Finishes with herbal notes of martini bianco with oily thyme and distant Sauerkraut.
Overall: this year has started with some strange tasting ciders. This is the second one after the recently reviewed, Na de Val from Antidoot. While I enjoyed the Na de Val very much, I can’t say this about the Apple & Perry Blend 2017 from Ramborn. It has a structure and complexity, but unfortunately, it’s not a good composition. The persistent bitterness along with moderate vinegary & lemon acidity and grassy, vermouth-like taste make this cider taste unpleasant. I didn’t like it. I shared this bottle with a friend, who shared my opinion. She thought it tasted rather strange and very unpleasant. We didn’t manage to drink the whole bottle. It breaks my heart as I really do like the Ramborn team, but their Apple & Pear Blend 2017 is not a good offering. Sorry, guys. 2/6
Availability: in Luxembourg from Ramborn’s farm.
Price: Apple & Pear Blend was sent to me by Ramborn Cider Co for testing.