There is a new Polish craft cider that just hit the shelves a few months ago, Manufaktura Cydru. Manufaktura Cydru was established in 2015 in a small town Podolszyn near Warsaw and currently consists of only four persons (a true craft cidery). Dorota Krawczyk, who won the Warsaw Homebrew Competition 2016 in the category of cider, is the head of cider production at Manufaktura Cydru. Recently they launched their first cider Wytrawny (dry), which was sent to me for testing.Company: Manufaktura Cydru
Place of Origin: Podolszyn, Masovia, Poland
Apples: Jonagold Decosta and Idared
Sweetness as per label: dry
Package type: 500ml brown glass bottle with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: white wine glass or snifter
Appearance: pours a slightly cloudy straw yellow with no head. No carbonation. Body is medium.
Aroma/Nose: the aroma is not very strong, but rich and pleasant. Also, rather sweet than dry. On the nose notes of juicy red apples, pears, white grapes with a hint of white wine.
Taste: the first sip is not entirely dry with some residual sweetness and medium lemon-like acidity. Subsequently, it gets slightly tart with a light watery taste. On the mid-palate notes of lemon, crisp acidic apples and yellow apples. The finish is dry with a lingering gentle honey-like flavour and a touch of distant grapefruit bitterness.
Overall: Although this cider is made entirely from dessert apples it tastes surprisingly smooth with good flavours and structure. Lemon-like acidity gives this cider a refreshing taste and good sessionability. What a shame that the summer is over as this cider would make a perfect summer drink for those who prefer their cider on the drier side, including me. The only improvement that could eventually be made is the reduction of the watery taste. Anyway, I enjoyed it and could have this cider again. I must honestly say that Manufaktura Cydru’s Wytrawny is the best and the most impressive cider made from dessert apples I had so far. Looking forward to next ciders created by Dorota Krawczyk! 4.5/6
Availability: only in Poland for now. Available in Warsaw through e.g. Skrzynka Piwa, Piwna Gwardia, Beerhub, Chmiel i Zyto, Hoppy Story, Elektoralna 24, Ingmar Piwny Sklad, Sluzewiecki Polew z Beczki, Czarodziejka Gorzalka or Stan Umyslu.
Price: Wytrawny was sent to me by Manufaktura Cydru for testing.