Giard Cidre AOP Pays d’Auge Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Giard
Cider Name: Cidre AOP Pays d’Auge
Region: Normandy, France
ABV: 3.5%
Taste: Medium/Dry
Served: Champagne flute lightly chilled
Smell: Rustic apples
Colour: Dull copper
Clarity: Cloudy
Carbonation: Lightly sparkling

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Moes, Amsterdam
Date: 12/10/12

So it’s my first truly trip abroad for cider and Amsterdam is the first place of choice. Well we didn’t choose the trip for the cider, but while over here we had to check out what was on offer! After a quick check on Twitter, we were told Moes was our best bet to try first in our search for cider.

So we landed, sorted the hotel out and off to Moes we went. There was the likes of Cornish Orchards and Dunkertons available, but I wanted something different, so i went for the Giard Cidre AOP Pays d’Auge.

This smelled like your typical farmyard cider and has a really nice rustic apple feel to it.

As for the taste, it starts fairly smooth and delicate, with a sweet apple pie taste, but then takes your mouth on an interesting journey with a good hint of dryness and a light sour bite. It’s surprisingly nice, but just lacking a bit of oomph for me and not too complex. Also it feels odd to drink cider in a champagne glass, as cider needs to be in a pint glass in my opinion. Overall I do like and appreciate this cider, but it’s not a favourite cider for me that I’d go out of my way to get. I can imagine this being really good on a hot summers day to refresh yourself.

Would I buy this again?: Yes
Overall Rating: 8/10

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