Jadernička moravska (Pépin de Moravie) is an old Moravian apple variety, which is the most widely grown apple tree in the Carpathian region of Moravia. You may call it a Moravian heirloom apple variety. The reason why Jadernička moravska is so popular among cider makers and apple brandy producers is the optimal ratio of sugar and acid in this cultivar. Earlier this year I reviewed Limonka, which was a delicious cider from A.K. Cider, made from this particular apple variety. At Slavnost Cideru 2017 I sampled Jadrnička from A.K. Cider, which is a version of Limonka that wasn’t barrel-aged, as per information I received from Martin, the brain behind the A.K. Cider.
Company: A.K. CIDER-Vizovice
Place of Origin: Vizovice, Czech Republic
Apples: a single varietal cider from Jaderniička moravska (Pépin de Moravie)
Sweetness as per label: dry
Package type: draught
Recommended type of glass: pint glass
Note: unfiltered, no sulphites
Appearance: pours a clear golden with light orange hues and no head. Lightly carbonated. Body is light to medium.
Aroma/Nose: The nose is rich and has wild notes of barnyard, fermented apple, leather with a slightly acidic touch. Very inviting.
Taste: it starts slightly watery with a medium to high level of lemon-like acidity followed by green notes, including lime. I can also get a light smoky note with a touch of fermented apples, barnyard and light astringency on the mid-palate. The finish is dry and has a pleasant taste of grapefruit-like bitterness.
Overall: To be honest, I preferred the barrel-aged version of the Jadrnička, the Limonka, which was just richer in terms of flavors. However, Jadrnička is a very decent and drinkable cider. And, as I mentioned in my recap of Slavnost Cideru 2017, one of the best cider of this year’s edition. Since it is rather a dry cider, I think it will not find a very broad audience in those who start with cider, but among cider lovers the feedback will be surely very positive. Cheers! 4.5/6
Availability: only on draught in many restaurants and bars across Czech Republic.
Price: I have received the first sample during Slavnost Cideru 2017 for free from Martin. But, since I really enjoyed this cider I have returned several times to their booth and paid a regular price of 25 CZK (1 EUR) for 0.2L.