Maker: Castañón Sidra Natural Origin: Asturias, Spain website: www.sidracastanon.com
Importer: Rowan Imports website: rowanimports.com
ABV: 6% Bottle: 750 ml, cork
Style Notes: Traditional Asturian sidra, fermented with native yeasts.
Makers Fruit Notes: Blend of Regona apples and 21 other PDO certified native varietals.
Tasting Notes: In The Glass: Pale straw, hints of green, unfiltered, unpasteurized, visible sediments. Bracing acidity “amargo”, tart fresh apple fruit, dry, tannic, effervescent.
Our Pairings – The Tasting Lab: We tried with Salva Cremasco, an Italian cows milk cheese*. Try pairing with melted cheeses and fruit jams, or rustic garlicy onion jams, hearty salads, kale, bitter greens, cured meats, sausages, aged cheeses. When in doubt pair with Spanish tapas.
Cheesemonger’s Notes: The zingy acidity of this cider will nicely match that of a goats milk cheese such as Montenebro or Humboldt Fog. For those who prefer things on the stinkier side try this with Hudson Red or Cowgirl Creamery’s Red Hawk.
Overall Impressions: (We) could drink this with anything. Sweet or savory. Fresh, tart, full of “amargo”, about 80 calories a bottle, and just this side of vinegar, it’s clear why Asturianos favor this drink throughout the day. Traditional Sidra de Asturias may not be what you were expecting from a cider, but it is certainly worth trying.
Note: June, 2012 marks Castañón’s first export shipment to New York.
*This cider was part of a Murray’s Cheese tasting class, This Cider House Rules: Paring Cider and Cheese, in January of 2013. Rowan Imports was on hand to discuss this cider and Asturian cider making practices.
Apple images from www.sidradeasturias.es
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