Blakstoc Lazy Day Cucumber

Karl of Blakstoc is a genius in terms of creating wonderful compositions from various fruits and hops based on cider. Recently, he even dared to blend cider with lacto fermented cucumber juice, elderflowers and hops! The newest addition to Karl’s range is called Lazy Cucumber Day. Company: BlakStoc Cider GmbH
Place of Origin: Vienna, Austria
Ingredients: apple cider, apple juice, lacto fermented cucumber juice, elderflowers, hops, sulphites.
ABV: 3.5%
Package type: 330ml brown glass bottle with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: pint glass or white wine glass

Appearance: pours a cloudy pale golden with a fizzy short-lived white foam that reduces to a ring. Medium carbonation. Body is medium.

Aroma/Nose: the scent is moderately strong and slightly sweet with notes of cucumbers that were pickled in brine with herbs, and herbs used for pickled cucumbers in vinegar, fresh cucumber and honeydew melon.

Taste: it starts moderately sweet with low acidity of lemon and pickle brine. On the mid-palate notes of fresh cucumber, pickled cucumber and brine, elderflower, herbs used for pickled vinegar in vinegar but without the vinegar. Finishes with a note of honeydew melon and low astringency.

Overall: it requires a lot of guts to create a cider with so weird ingredients and release it. But let’s focus on the taste. Surprisingly, all the flavours go well together creating a very interesting yet strange tipple. It’s like drinking pickled cucumber juice’/brine that is quite sweet and refreshing. Also, the taste could last a bit longer. I shared it with a friend who likes sweet cider. And, she was actually a bit traumatised after having the Lazy Cucumber Days. So it’s clearly not for everyone. Anyway, in my opinion, it’s extremely difficult to create a cider like this. Admittedly, the Blakstoc Lazy Cucumber Days is a very intriguing offering and well worth trying. But I don’t think I would buy it again. Only because it is a bit too sweet for my palate. If you dare, try it. 4/6

Availability: in Summer 2018 widely available in Austria (Der Grissemann or Beer Lovers) and Italy (e.g. Hops Beer Shop, or Tutti Fritti in Milan; Birreria della Torre in Trezzo sull’Adda). Also available in the UK (Newcomer Wines in London) and in the Czech Republic.

Price: Karl from BlakStoc passed me a bottle at CiderWorld 2019 in Frankfurt.