Marcin Wiechowski, who is in charge of cider making at Kwaśne Jabłko, is actually a psychologist by profession. Marcin, together with his wife Ewa, escaped Warsaw rat race to live in the peaceful countryside of Masuria, also known as the “land of a thousand lakes”. I am sampling their Tropikalny, which means ‘tropical’ in Polish. Previously I have sampled their Beczka 4.Company: Kwaśne Jabłko
Place of Origin: Świątki, Masuria, Poland
Apples: a blend of Gravensteiner, Jonathan and Spartan
Sweetness as per label: dry
Package type:750ml wine bottle with natural cork
Recommended type of glass: white wine glass
Appearance: pours a slightly hazy amber/orange with no head and no carbonation.
Aroma/Nose: The nose has aromas of both overripe and baked apples with tea and herbal notes.
Taste: it starts dry, but not bone dry, with low to medium acidity and a pleasant crisp apple flavour. Then moderate tannins kick in with notes of orange and gentle banana. The finish is dry with a touch of baked apples and light bitterness. Lingering herbal notes in the aftertaste.
Overall: from the name, I assumed that the Tropikalny has tropical notes. Therefore, I had the Tropikalny on two different occasions as I was intensively searching for tropical notes in this cider. And, except for gentle orange flesh and a light ripe banana note I was not able to get other tropical notes. Hence, I don’t have an idea, where did the name come from. Anyway, I think that the Tropikalny is a decent and refreshing cider, but I can’t say I’m blown away with it. The Tropikalny will appeal to those who like cider on the drier side. 4/6
Availability: directly from Kwaśne Jabłko in Masuria or through Polish wine or beer shops such as Winnacja.pl, Zrodlo niebanalnych piw i alkoholi, Pod Wiaduktem in Cracow or Produkty Niewinne i Winne. In terms of bars, restaurant Jabeerwocky in Warsaw, Lokal in Lodz, Multi Qlti Tap Bar, Pub Lawendowa in Gdansk.
Price: purchased from Zrodlo niebanalnych piw i alkoholi in Warsaw at 35PLN (8.35 EUR)