Looks like I am one of the 120 cider lovers lucky to try the Scrumpy, a limited edition cider from Manufaktura Cydru as only 120 bottles of this cider were produced. Scrumpy is a rough cider traditionally produced in West England from dried or withered apples, usually unfiltered and with a natural sparkle. I wonder how a Polish version of this cider may taste like.
Company: Manufaktura Cydru
Place of Origin: Podolszyn, Masovia, Poland
Package type: 750ml green glass bottle with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: chalice glass, white wine glass, snifter, pint glass
Appearance: pours a clear straw yellow with no head and petillant carbonation. Body is low.
Aroma/Nose: the nose is very fruity and acidic at the same time with notes of crisp yellow apple, green apple, green pear, lemon, a light vinous note and funk.
Taste: it starts dry with medium to high lemon-like acidity. Then it moves to a note of lemon juice, green apple, yellow apple, herbal notes and funk. Aftertaste is dry with notes of lemon juice, a distant hint of apple-seed bitterness and a lingering fruit tingle acidity on the finish.
Overall: It’s surely not a cider for an average Polish consumer who drinks sweet mainstream ciders. And, definitely not a cider to start your cider journey with due to funky flavours both on the nose and on the palate and a relatively high acidity. This is a cider for a connoisseur, who can appreciate fruity and citrusy flavours rounded up by funky notes. Also, there are a delightful fruitiness, refreshing apple taste and depth of flavours, which complete a beautiful cider. Dorota, your Scrumpy tastes amazing. Congrats! 5/6
Availability: I saw two bottles of the Scrumpy at Chmielołak at 25PLN in Warsaw during my recent visit there. So hurry up! They might be gone by now.
Price: Scrumpy was provided to me by Dorota from Manufaktura Cydru for testing.