Do you know how Orsi from Hungarian Czider got into cider making? She got familiar with cider in London where she had lived and worked for a few years in Finance. But the breakthrough happened during a cider tasting in a bar in Budapest in 2010. Since none of the sampled ciders came from Hungary, a country with a relatively high apple production, she has decided to change it. So after several homemade ciders, she applied for an EU found ‘Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs’ and I got it. With this, Orsi has received a financial support and could go to an EU country learn a business. This is how she met Mike Johnson from the Ross-on-Wye Cider & Perry Company who taught her everything about cider and cidermaking. In 2013, Orsi and her business partner Kata released their first cider in Budapest. Czider plans to expand and modernise the production facility so Orsi and Kata applied for an EU funding for research and development. Fingers crossed that you’ll get it!Company: Magyar Czider Kft.
Place of Origin: Vértesboglár, Fejér county, Hungary
Ingredients: a blend of three 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 slowly reduces. Medium natural carbonation. Body is medium and has a creamy texture. Some sediment in the bottle.
Aroma/Nose: the aroma is quite strong, sweetish and fruity with notes of pears, white wine, apple stems and yellow apples.
Taste: it begins moderately sweet with a light apple seed bitterness and low acidity of lemon. Notes of white wine and champagne, light astringent taste, strawberries, red apples and apple stems on the mid-palate. The aftertaste has hints of fresh cut grass, and ethanol and something harsh once it warms up.
Overall: surprisingly Félédes (semi-sweet) tastes drier than the previously reviewed Száraz (dry). Also, it has a different set of flavours and resembles more cider this time than perry. Félédes actually tasted quite pleasant and refreshing when it was chilled but once it warmed up, a harsh flavour of alcohol and a rather unpleasant harsh note came to shine and did no good to this cider. So drink it properly chilled. Nevertheless, I would consider using other apple varieties in the blend. 3/6
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 Félédes was a sample provided by Orsi from Czider.