Redbrook Cider is one of two Czech cidermakers that entered the CiderWorld Awards competition in Frankfurt this year. More than that, their Premium Suchý has received 87 points out of 120 and so qualified for an Honour Award. I do hope to see more cider makers from the Czech Republic in the next year’s edition of CiderWorld. Now let’s check out the Premium Suchý from Redbrook Cider. Company: Redbrook Cider
Place of Origin: Dřínov, Central Bohemian Region, Czech Republic
Apples: a blend of Czech apples from Jiří Hubáček’s orchards
Sweetness as per label: dry
Package type: 330ml amber glass bottle with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: pint glass or chalice glass
Appearance: pours a clear deep golden with a quickly dissipating head. Medium artificial carbonation. Body is low to medium.
Aroma/Nose: smells a bit malty with a whisky note. Also, red apples, honey and apple juice on the nose.
Taste: it begins quite dry with some residual sweetness and low to medium acidity. On the mid-palate slightly watery, with a light astringency and a malty whisky note and a hint of red apples. The finish is dry with a lingering astringent taste and a bit harsh aftertaste.
Overall: previously sampled ciders from Redbrook tasted more like juices than fermented apple beverages. But the Premium Suchy doesn’t taste like an apple juice at all. This one is definitely the best of ciders from Redbrook I’ve tried so far. Strangely enough, I have the impression that I’m drinking a cider blended with whisky. The malty note is quite strong both on the nose and the palate. Speaking for myself, I think that the Premium Suchy is drinkable and tastes quite ok. It has a nice structure, pleasant malty notes combined with red apples and a quite long aftertaste. But if you’re not a fan of whisky you may not gonna like it. Worth trying. 3.5/6
Availability: only in the Czech Republic through Sklizeno. Also, available in many bars and restaurants around the Czech Republic.
Price: Premium Suchý was a sample provided by Redbrook Cider.