De Sas Japko

A quick bit of research told me that Japko is produced in the beautiful Barycz Valley by Winnica De Sas, which is actually a vineyard. Apples used for their cider are provided by Dominik Podchydło’s organic orchards.Company: Winnica DeSas
Place of Origin: Krośnice, Lower Silesia, Poland
Apples: organic apples
Sweetness as per label: unknown
ABV: 5.5%
Package type: 500ml green glass bottle with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: pint glass or white wine glass

Appearance: pours a hazy pale golden yellow with no head. No carbonation. Body is low. Some sediment in the bottle.

Aroma/Nose: the scent is fruity with notes of vinegar, fermenting apples, yeast, something green and a hint of paint thinner.

Taste: the first sip is sweet with medium to high both lemon-like and acetic acidity. Followed by a refreshing grapefruit peel bitterness, yeasty flavour, sour apples and a gently astringent note.

Overall: it used to be one of my favourite Polish ciders or at least the most frequently consumed back in 2016. Last year’s Japko tasted, however, less sweet than this year’s batch, with a milder note of the paint thinner. At least this is how I remembered it. Japko is still one of my favourite Polish craft ciders despite the relatively high sweetness, which surprisingly isn’t broken by relatively high citrusy and vinegary acidity. Only the increased level of sweetness and the distance from Berlin to Wrocław stop me from drinking this cider every day. Summarizing, I found this cider refreshing with a nice set of flavours and I am looking forward to my next visit to Wrocław. 4/6

Availability: straight from the vineyard Winnica DeSas. Pod Wiaduktem in Cracow, Marynka, Piwo i Aperitivo in Wrocław, and Teo in Cieszków, Lower Silesia.

Price: purchased at Marynka, Piwo i Aperitivo in Wrocław at 11 PLN (2.60 EUR)