The origin of the company A.K. Cider dates back to 1928, when Antonin Kalenda established the company in Vizovice. Initially the company’s focus more towards fruit wines and other products made of fruits. In 2013 the decision was made to revive the tradition of cider making. How smart this decision was you can judge by tasting their cider.
From what I am reading now their cider sells out quickly so finding a bottle for tasting is not an easy task. But here I am tasting this rare species 😀
Place of Origin: Vizovice, Czech Republic
Apples: from a single Czech apple variety Jadernicka moravska (Pépin de Moravie), which is also sometimes called Limonka. Hence, the name.
Sweetness as per label: dry
Package type: clear 750 ml green glass wine bottle with screw cap. I like the simple but catchy design!
Recommended type of glass: pint glass or flute
Note: unfiltered, no sulphites added
Appearance: pours a slightly hazy, golden yellow colour with no head. Medium to heavy body. There is some sediment in the bottle. Level of carbonation is very low but some micro bubbles are still present.
Aroma/Nose: when I opened the bottle there was a beautiful wafting aroma of apples with some pears. The nose has also crispy tartness with a pineapple note. After a further few whiffs I can also smell a bit of wood, vanilla with some distant barnyard touch. The aroma is full and rich.
Taste: the first impression is some medium sweetness followed by a lightly sharp citric feel with overripe apples and green notes (indeed, it gives kind of a lime taste!). After one second or two gentle fruity flavours of pear and pineapple appear. There is also a sulphuric note present, but only in the beginning. I can also sense some barnyard and astringent notes, which are quite distant and pleasant. The finish is dry with a minor oaky/woody and peat smoke touch with a distant bitter note.
Overall: this is not my first acquaintance with cider from A.K. Vizovice and definitely not the last. The name Limonka (lime) suggested more tartness so I was quite relieved when it turned out that Limonka is not as tart as the name suggested. Actually, it could be even slightly more tart but it is just a personal taste. Anyway, it is a very decent and as a matter of fact delicious cider. Czech cider tastes interestingly slightly different in comparison to French and British cider. Probably it is a matter of apples used. Limonka has a complex structure and each note is nicely balanced not dominating over another. I’m truly enjoying every sip of Limonka. Whether would I buy it again? Definitely! 5/6
Availability: currently only at wine and craft beer stores in Czech Republic. Should be available at InCider Bar, a cider oriented bar and shop in Prague. Sometimes A. K. Cider is available through CiderLab.
Price: purchased online from Opilý jabko – eshop s kvalitním ciderem for 153 CZK (5.6 EUR). They ship abroad upon request. Just get in touch with Daniel.