Making a syrup from Holunderblüten (German for elderflower) is still very common in Germany. I remember selling lots of citric acid in July that is required to make the elderflower syrup when I used to work in a pharmacy in Berlin. Since the flavour of elderflower is so popular in Germany, it should not be a surprise to anyone that Schwäbi released a cider flavoured with elderflower. Previously I’ve tried their Cider Apfel. Company: Juninger Fruchtsäfte
Place of Origin: Niederstotzingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Ingredients: apple cider, apple juice, water, sugar, natural elderflower flavour, carbon dioxide, sulphites
Package type: 330ml clear glass bottle with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: pint glass or flute
Appearance: pours a clear golden with a tiny white fizz that is gone after a few seconds. Lightly sparkling. Medium body.
Aroma/Nose: the nose is strong with notes of pears, dried fruits incl. apricot, baked apples, and a hint of commercial apple juice. No traces of elderflower in the scent.
Taste: my first taste is extremely, syrupy sweet with a very low acidity to balance the sweetness. Notes of red and yellow apples, dried fruits, incl. apricot, pears, baked apples, some herbal notes of thyme and low astringency on the mid-palate. Finishes after 10 seconds with notes of pears.
Overall: after I recovered after the initial sugar high, I can tell the Schwäbi Holunderblüte is not for everyone. Those who prefer their cider syrupy sweet will be satisfied as it is a quality cider with pleasant flavours of apples, pears and dried fruits both in the scent and on the palate. But not elderflower. I was really looking for this flavour but without any luck. Still, I think it is a good alternative to commercial or industrial cider. Could go well as a dessert wine after meals served with sour fruits. 4/6
Availability: online in Germany from Ciderei.
Price: Schwäbi Cider Holunderblüte was a sample provided by Ciderei.