Last year I got a few bottles of Ramborn’s different ciders. I thought the CM Blend was so good, I named it my best International cider for 2016. Then I was cleaning out the fridge and there was a bottle of Ramborn Somerset Blend.
Even though Ramborn is from Luxembourg, much of the cider making knowledge comes from Somerset. So it’s only natural that that would be a major influence on the styles of ciders they make. The Somerset Blend takes traditional Somerset apples and blends them with those Rambo apples I’ve become so fond of.
Just a little horse in a barnyard, a little orange, like a sophisticated version of a Fanta. Somerset lite.
A very fine bubble is the first thing I noticed. You can easily tell that its Somerset inspired. Saying that it’s restrained and dialled back from the intensity of some Somerset cider, which probably makes it a little more approachable for cider newcomers. The English apples give a thickness and a little astringency with just the right amount of tannins. The Somerset Blend has a good amount of acid for brightness. Orange and apple juices head up the flavour list but they don’t make it sweet, it neatly falls into the medium-dry slot. It is very balanced and very easy to drink.
Final Thoughts on Ramborn’s Somerset Blend
I was a little hesitant about how this bottle would be after travelling around the world and then sitting in the back of the fridge for a year. But It’s held up really well.
The biggest criticism I have about the cider is it’s too hard to get. Does anyone know the name of the Luxemburg airport?
|Country of Origin||Luxembourg|