Mūrbūdu Pussalds Ziemas Sidrs Aukstais Nr. 5

Since my knowledge of Latvian is very limited I couldn’t understand the label and grabbed a bottle of cider that turned out to be a winter cider. And, it was 35 degrees Celsius in Berlin today. Anyway, the Mūrbūdu Pussalds Ziemas Sidrs Aukstais is a cider with various spices typically used for mulled cider or mulled wine such as cinnamon and additionally aged in bourbon barrels for one month.Company: Mūrbūdu Sidra Darītava
Place of Origin: Ērģemes pagasts, Valkas novads, “Klētnieki”, Latvia
Ingrdients: a blend of apple varieties from old apple orchards and various spices
Sweetness as per label: pussalds (semi-sweet)
ABV: 5.9%
Package type: 
330 ml amber glass with crown cork 
Recommended type of glass: 
wine glass or snifter

Appearance: pours a clear pale amber with a little head that quickly dissipates. Low and artificial carbonation. Body is low.

Aroma/Nose: the scent is moderately strong with notes of apple pie, baked apples, anise, cinnamon, vanilla.

Taste: my first taste is moderately sweet with a medium acidity of lemon and yellow apples. On the mid-palate yellow apples, baked apples, apple pie, orange, smokiness. cinnamon. Finishes dry with a note of lemon, vanilla and low bitterness.

Overall: it might be a winter cider but the acidity makes it refreshing and suitable also for summer. Also, could anyone resist the lovely flavour of apple pie with cinnamon? So, I thought. Furthermore, it’s palate is rich and it has a longlasting taste of citruses and apple pie. Actually, one of the best flavoured/mulled ciders I actually had. Also, it’s not too sweet or too dry so it has a huge chance of becoming a crowd pleaser. Not only for the winter time. I enjoyed it very much and others surely will too. 5/6

Availability: in around 60 bars and restaurants in Riga incl. Spirits and Wine, Folkklubs Ala, Trompete Taproom, Kanepes Kulturas Centrs, Radisson Hotel and Laska Bar.

Price: Pussalds Ziemas Sidrs Aukstais Nr. 5 was a sample provided by Mūrbūdu.

Apple County Cider Co Dabinett 2015

Apple County Cider Co is a relatively young cider company, established only in 2014 at Whitehouse Farm, near Skenfrith in Monmouthshire, Wales, very close to the English/Welsh border. The company might be young, but not the apple cider orchards, which were planted in 1969 by Ben Culpin’s stepfather. Today Ben, together with his wife Steph, runs a successful family business and produce award-winning ciders, including International Cider Challenge medals (Bronze, Silver and Gold) for flavour and branding and a prestigious Great Taste Awards “Golden Fork” for overall best food and drink product from across Wales
Company: Apple County Cider Co
Place of Origin: Monmouthshire, Wales, UK
Apples: made from a single variety Dabinett
Sweetness as per label: medium
ABV: 6.5%
Package type: 500ml clear glass with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: pint glass

Appearance: pours a clear pale amber with orange hues and no head. Lightly carbonated. The body is medium.

Aroma/Nose: it smells of fermented red apples with caramel and cinnamon. A hint of alcohol is perceivable.

Taste: It starts medium sweet with low acidity and a hint of smoky ham. On the mid-palate notes of cinnamon and some spices with red apples, apple skins. The finish is dry and moderately astringent with a light touch of bitterness to the end. Alcohol is slightly perceivable giving one the warming effect.

Overall: You can easily say without even looking at the label that high-quality bittersweet apples were used for this cider. Apple Cider Co’s Dabinett reminds me slightly of another Welsh cider, the Black Dragon from Gwynt y Ddraig. However, the Dabinett has much better structure and a pleasant aftertaste. Perhaps a tiny bit too sweet for my liking, but I honestly think that it is a great pour and would appeal to practically everyone. However, due to the warming effect coming from the alcohol I think it can be considered a very good option for winter evenings. Eventually for a cold summer evening. Anyway, Apple County Cider Co’s Dabinett is definitely worth a purchase! 4.5/6 

Availability: haven’t come across a shop outside the UK selling their cider. So the UK only, on the farm and from the online shop or This is Beer.co.uk.

Price: came with my craft cider subscription from Orchard Box