Kwaśne Jabłko literally means ‘sour apple’ in Polish. The cidery was established by Ewa and Marcin Wiechowski in Masuria, an area being famous for a large collection of lakes and unspoiled nature. Kwaśne Jabłko’s ciders are well-recognised and so far have received a number of awards from EnoExpo, British Cider Championship in 2015 and Pomme d’Or in Frankfurt in 2016.
Company: Kwaśne Jabłko
Place of Origin: Świątki, Masuria, Poland
Apples: apples grown in old orchards. Some of the apple varieties feature Antonowka, Belle de Boskop, Grey Reinette, Topaz, Golden Delicious and Jonathan.
Sweetness as per label: dry
Package type: 750ml wine bottle
Recommended type of glass: white wine glass or flute
Appearance: pours a slightly cloudy light amber body with orange hues and no head. Lightly sparkling smooth carbonation. Body is light.
Aroma/Nose: Really gorgeous rich aroma of still fermenting apples with notes of vanilla, honey with a touch of acidity. There are also floral notes on the nose with some spiciness to it.
Taste: it starts dry with a moderate lemon-like acidity. The mid-palate has some wild notes with overripe apples and a touch of spiciness. The aftertaste is certainly dry and slightly astringent with a touch of light bitterness.
Overall: A really decent and complex cider with a nice structure and absolutely gorgeous aroma. Perhaps not mind-blowing to my palate, but I’m looking forward to try other ciders from their portfolio. 4/6