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This week: Rekorderlig Strawberry-Lime Hard Cider
Abro Bryggeri, Vimmerby, Sweden
What better time to write about new ciders than during the warming temperatures of spring?
That was my thought, of course, until we had a snowfall in Wisconsin that dumped about 24 inches or more of snow in parts of the state, breaking records for an April storm. I was snowed in for two days — literally could not leave my driveway because the snow was above the bottoms of my car and truck, and my plow guy could not even make it to my house.
However, I shall still write about this Rekorderlig cider — an import from Sweden promising a strawberry-lime mix made with Swedish spring water.
The initial description of the 4.5% ABV Rekorderlig Strawberry-Lime Hard Cider is somewhat misleading, however. It is not a strawberry-lime cider, but a pear-apple cider that is flavored with strawberry and lime.
I don’t find this too off-putting, especially since the ingredient list on the back of the can clearly states the pear-apple cider base. However, the main advertising on the front states “Premium Strawberry-Lime Hard Cider.”
The cider poured a bright pink, but once in the glass, had more of a red color. The body was crystal clear and looked delicious. There was slight tingly carbonation and a nice, bright mouthfeel during the first and subsequent sips.
The strawberry was prominent in the aroma and flavor, but the sweetness was a bit overwhelming. For some reason, this also seems to be the case with many strawberry-infused beers, where many times there are strong sugar notes.
This may help bring out more of the strawberry flavor, but still seemed a bit overdone by Rekorderlig. The lime, however, was done very well, providing a citrusy, tart aftertaste that was a good counterpart to the sugar. A bit too late, though.
This cider, like many, is best sampled at a well-chilled temperature. The coldness tends to accent the crisp and refreshing characters of cider, and the flavors still stand out.
Overall, this was a tasty cider that was outside of the norm — I have never sampled an apple-pear-strawberry-lime cider. Rekorderlig is available in 16 states and its Cider Finder is here.
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