Elderflower cider is rather associated with warmer time of the year than autumn or winter but I’m going to give it a go despite the gloomy weather anyways. Bzowy (with Elderflowers) 2021 is another creation of Radek and Mikołaj of Cydr Radosny from Wroclaw, Lower Silesia, Poland. It’s a cider that was briefly infused with fresh elderflowers. Last year their elderflower cider won 2nd and 3rd place in the category flavoured cider in the Greater Cup Poland 2021.
Their ciders are not commercially available yet but the guys are working hard to change this. Currently, their working on opening their cidery. Fingers crossed!
Company: Cydr Radosny
Place of Origin: Wrocław, Lower Silesia, Poland
Ingredients: a blend of old locally grown apple varieties and fresh elderflowers
Sweetness as per label: dry
Package type: 750ml clear glass bottle with crown cork
Recommended type of glass: white wine glass or tumbler
Appearance: pours a cloudy pale yellow with a huge foam that only slowly reduces to a small ring. The carbonation is low. Body is medium. There is also some sediment in the bottle. It is also floating in the glass.
Aroma/Nose: the nose is strong and dominated by elderflower. I can also get some spiciness to it.
Taste: it starts bone dry with a low acidity of lemon. On the mid-palate, notes of elderflower, lemon and moderate astringency. Finishes dry with a touch of lemon zest-like bitterness and a lemon candy aftertaste.
Overall: I remember trying this cider earlier this year. Back then I thought it was good but in comparison with Floribunda’s Holunder Cider al Sambuco, it tasted a bit watery, not complex enough. Something was missing. Now, nearly half a year later, I’m having this cider again. And, in my opinion, it’s taste improved a lot. Now the Cydr Radosny Bzowy 2021 is somehow more complex as it has an astringency and a bitter note that contribute a lot to the overall perception of this cider. It’s still light but not watery. Also, the taste is rather long-lasting. I can imagine it is thanks to the bottle aging on the lees. Also, the elderflower note is more intense than I remember. It’s again cold outside and still I’m enjoying every drop of this cider. However, I’m not getting any apple character here as it is covered by the overwhelming note of elderflower. That happens quite often actually. Anyhow, I enjoyed having the Cydr Radosny Bzowy 2021 and can’t say, I would buy it agin. 4/6
Availability: unfortunately, not available commercially for now
Price: Radek and Mikolaj provided me with a sample.