WINI Cydr Jabłkowy Dry

Apples used by Krzysztof Winnicki from WINI come from his own orchards in Dębe near Warsaw, Poland. After the juice is pressed at a nearby business, the juice gets fermented at a local winery. Subsequently, Krzysztof’s cider is matured for at least three months and then bottled.    

Dry is another cider created by Krzysztof Winnicki from WINI. Previously, I had his Cydr Jablkowy, and Cydr Jablkowy Lodowy 2017, both very enjoyable.Company: WINI
Place of Origin: Dębe, Masovia, Poland
Apples: a blend of Belle de Boskoop, Cortland and Idared
Sweetness as per label: dry
ABV: 6%
Package type: 750ml green glass bottle with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: white wine glass or flute

Appearance: pours a clear pale straw with a fast reducing white foam. High artificial carbonation. Body is low.

Aroma/Nose: it smells dry with a strong sulphur flavour dominating the aroma. Somewhere in the background, notes of lychee, green and red apples with white wine notes and some alcohol.

Taste: the first sip is bone dry without any sweetness left and pretty sour. It has notes of white wine with a faint flavour of green and unripe apples and a light astringent taste. The sulphur taste is also present on the mid-palate, not dominating here, but still strong. In the aftertaste, a light bitter note with a touch of astringency and alcohol.

Overall: after sampling Krzysztof’s Cydr Jablkowy, and Cydr Jablkowy Lodowy 2017, I confidently expected the Dry to be at least as tasty as the previously tasted ciders. It’s not as good as I hoped for. Unfortunately, it’s flabby and flat. The Dry is spoiled by the flavour of sulphur, both on the nose and (less) on the palate. In addition, it has no complexity, which makes it taste rather dull, almost like a cheap bubbly. I didn’t like it and I wouldn’t buy it again. Krzysztof, you can do much better than this. 2.5/6

Availability: only in Poland e.g. from Drink Hala in Wroclaw.

Price: Cydr Jablkowy Dry was a sample provided by Krzysztof from WINI.