Company: Magyar Czider Kft.
Place of Origin: Vértesboglár, Fejér county, Hungary
Ingredients: a blend of 3 Hungarian dessert apple varieties with xylitol
Package type: 330ml brown glass bottle with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: pint glass or wine glass
Appearance: pours a cloudy pale golden with a huge white foam that very slowly dissipates. Medium and natural carbonation. Body is medium and has a quite creamy texture.
Aroma/Nose: the nose is strong and smells fruity and aromatic of pear, apple stems, green apples and distant vinegar.
Taste: my first taste is lightly sweet, with a very low acidity of lemon. Notes of ripe pear and pear, green apples and a light bitterness. The finish is dry and slightly acidic of lemon with pears and a hint of cloves, leaving a distant and a bit harsh note.
Overall: Száraz is claimed to be made from apples but I could swear I’m drinking a perry. Also, it’s quite sweet for a dry cider with low acidity so I would classify it as medium dry to medium. Száraz has a beautiful, intense and fruity nose but taste-wise there is some need for improvement. Száraz is complex and quite rich with a lovely creamy texture but it still tastes quite average leaving on top of that a distant slightly harsh note. I think it’s quite a challenge to produce a cider from dessert apples but I also know the girls from Czider have the right skills and knowledge to make a really good cider. So I think it’s a matter of the right raw material. Worth trying. 3.5/6
Availability: directly from Czider, at various festivals, in many restaurants and bars especially in Budapest’s party district Gozsdu udvar and in Jamie’s Italian Castle Buda.
Price: Czider Száraz was a sample provided by Orsi from Czider.