Zywer Brus 2020

I’m happy to introduce you to a new Polish cider maker, Cydrownia Zywer located in the south-eastern corner of Poland, in Kańczuga, Subcarpathian. Cydrownia Zywer is named after the two owners, Tomek and Ula Zywer, who make their cider from apples grown in very old apple orchards, once grown owned by the local fruit processing business. Currently, Tomek and Ula have two ciders in their product portfolio, Brus and Foszt.

Today, I’m going to review Brus, which in a local dialect means solid plank of rough lumber but also an uncouth person. The Zywer Brus was recently awarded Gold in the dry sparkling cider category at XI SISGA Awards in Asturias, Spain. It is my first time trying anything from this Polish cider maker.

Company: Cydrownia Zywer
Place of Origin: Kańczuga, Subcarpathian, Poland
Apples: a blend of old apple varieties such as Bohnapfel, Reinette, Boskoop, Bancroft and Oberländer Himbeerapfel grown locally
Sweetness as per label: dry
ABV: 7%
Package type: 750ml green glass bottle with crown cork
Recommended type of glass: white wine glass or tumbler

Appearance: pours a cloudy pale amber with a foam that reduces to a ring. The carbonation is high and natural. Body is also medium.

Aroma/Nose: the nose is moderately strong with notes of yellow and red apple, apple skin and some caramel to it.

Taste: it begins dry but with some residual sweetness and moderate acidity of lemon. On the mid-palate, yellow apple, touch of astringency. Finishes dry with a lingering note of lemon and a touch of alcohol.

Overall: Poland hasn’t got a long cider tradition so Polish cider makers are still learning how to make good quality cider. The Zywer Brus 2020 is a good example of a Polish cider that actually tastes quite nice! It’s not entirely dry with a good body. Also, the level of acidity is just fine but surprisingly doesn’t seem to be refreshing. It’s nothing bad. It will simply taste better only slightly chilled on a rather cold evening as it warms up a little. The length is good and the tannin soft yet a bit rough. It has a typical flavor for Bohnapfel, which I personally adore but which might be off-putting to some. Overall, I think that the Zywer Brus 2020 is a decent cider that I wouldn’t mind to have again. Not sure if it deserved to win Gold in Asturias as I don’t know who did it compete with. But it is without a doubt one of the best Polish ciders I tried recently. It will pay nicely with fish due to the nice acidity. Worth trying. 4.5/6

Availability: click here for the full list of stockists.

Price: Tomasz provided me with a sample.