WINI Cydr Jabłkowy

Do you remember what I told you about the Russian ban on the import of apples from the EU and its impact on cider production in Poland? Anyway, low apple prices caused by the Russian ban motivated many apple growers to make cider from apples they would otherwise sell for nothing. Krzysztof Winnicki who owns an apple orchard in Dębe, Masovia started experimenting with cider once apple prices started to decrease. In 2016 he launched his first cider called „Cydr jabłkowy”, which simply means apple cider.Company: WINI
Place of Origin: Dębe, Masovia, Poland
Apples: locally grown apples
ABV: 5.5%
Package type: 330ml amber glass bottle with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: pint glass, snifter or white wine glass

Appearance: pours a clear pale golden with no head. Body is medium.

Aroma/Nose: on the nose notes of pear, red and yellow apples and a vinegary acidity. I can also smell something sweet and something not necessarily pleasant, but not funk.

Taste: the first sip is moderately sweet and slightly vinegary-acidic. The mid-palate has notes of overripe apples with both red and yellow apples and pears. The finish is dry and yeasty with a delicate astringency and a gentle grapefruit-like bitterness to it.

Overall: many Polish ciders that I have tried so far tasted overly sweet or simply lacked depth. However, Cydr Jabłkowy has a nice structure, is crisp and reminds me a bit of Spanish sidra due to the vinegary note. It tastes still too sweet for my liking. Also, there was something on the nose that I found rather disturbing. Taken together, Cydr Jabłkowy from WINI is a pleasant drop and a refreshing alternative to overly sweet alcopops available on the Polish market. For those who prefer cider on the sweeter side. 4/6 

Availability: currently only in Poland. Online from RegioAlko. Locally in Warsaw through Uzywki Świata, Hoppy Story or Smakovia. In Wroclaw from Drink Hala.

Price: purchased locally in Wroclaw from Drink Hala at 6.30 PLN (1.5 EUR). Drink Hala has a large cider selection.