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