Only little information is available about ČESKORAJSKÝ CIDER. It comes from Český raj (which means Czech Paradise) in Czech Republic and was manufactured by Kuba and Zuza. Judging by their FB page they are really passionate about cider making.
Company: Jakub and Zuzana Kynčl
Place of Origin: Český ráj, Czech Republic
Apples: a blend of Czech apples
Sweetness as per label: dry
Package type: 500 ml green glass bottle with crown cork
Recommended type of glass: pint glass
Note: unfiltered, no sulphites added.
Appearance: pours a slightly hazy, pale yellow with no head. Carbonation is gentle with small beading bubbles and seems to be natural. Some sediment at the bottom of the bottle.
Aroma/Nose: the aroma is quite wild and has barnyard, leather, apple skins notes and apple flesh with beeswax. Crisp and refreshing.
Taste: in the first sip there is acetic acidity on the palate although there is no vinegar smell on the nose. There are also some phenolic barnyard notes with moderately bitter taste. Looks like it underwent malolactic fermentation as I can taste some lactic acid followed by the slightly watery palate. Aftertaste is long-lasting and pleasant. Some distant grass and green leaf notes are also perceivable. There is also a minor sweet note in the aftertaste.
Overall: Despite vinegar and lactic acid notes, which are usually associated with bad cider I really do enjoy drinking this one. These notes are not disturbing to me but add complexity. However, ČESKORAJSKÝ CIDER is not going to be everyone’s favourite. So if you don’t mind acetic and phenolic notes this cider is for you. If you don’t belong to this group then you should pick something else. Personally, I loved it! I will try to get another bottle in a while to see if other batches taste vinegary as well. 4.5/6
Availability: Currently only locally in the Czech Republic. You will surely find it at InCider Bar in Prague.
Price: purchased online from Opilý jabko – eshop s kvalitním ciderem at 68 CZK (2.5 EUR). They ship abroad upon request. Just get in touch with Daniel.