The idea of making cider from Slovak apples was born, when Gabriel Oprendek returned from one of his trips and brought a bottle of cider with him. At the time nobody produced cider in Slovakia. Cider was exotic to everyone. This inspired his younger brother Radoslav, who has background in biology, to experiment with cider made from locally grown apples. After one year of experimenting the recipe was developed and Opre’ Cider could hit the shelves in Slovakia, Czech Republic and other countries. I tried their Perry at Slavnost Cideru 2017.
Company: Opre’ Cider
Place of Origin: Budimir, Slovakia
Pears: locally grown pears
Sweetness as per label: sweet
Package type: draught
Recommended type of glass: pint glass or flute
Appearance: pours a slightly pale golden/pale amber with no head. Medium carbonation. Body is medium as well.
Aroma/Nose: The nose is rich and has overripe pears and apples along with pear skins, raisin-like sweetness and a touch vinegar.
Taste: it tastes very sweet with low acetic-acidity. The mid-palate has notes of ripe juicy pears and pear juice with a note of baked apples. Also, I’m getting green notes with a light bitter taste and a touch of bubble gum flavor. The finish is sweet and has ripe pear notes.
Overall: When you sip Opre’s Perry you are not quite certain, whether you are drinking a pear juice or a perry. It’s very sweet with dominating flavors typical for pear juice. However, some flavors such as of vinegar or light bitterness remind you that it is actually a perry that you are drinking. Opera’s Perry is a pleasant and pretty decent summer beverage for those having a sweet tooth. To me this perry was way too sweet. But again, if you don’t mind the sweetness Opre’s Perry can be your thing. 4/6
Availability: widely available across Slovakia and in restaurants, bars, cafes in Czech Republic, Austria and Estonia. Online from Drinkshop, Since recently available through Ciderlab.nl in the Netherlands.
Price: had 0.2L at Slavnost Cideru 2017 at 25 CZK (1 EUR)