A.K. Cider Jadrnička

Jadernička moravska (Pépin de Moravie) is an old Moravian apple variety, which is the most widely grown apple tree in the Carpathian region of Moravia. You may call it a Moravian heirloom apple variety. The reason why Jadernička moravska is so popular among cider makers and apple brandy producers is the optimal ratio of sugar and acid in this cultivar. Earlier this year I reviewed Limonka, which was a delicious cider from A.K. Cider, made from this particular apple variety. At Slavnost Cideru 2017 I sampled Jadrnička from A.K. Cider, which is a version of Limonka that wasn’t barrel-aged, as per information I received from Martin, the brain behind the A.K. Cider.Company: A.K. CIDER-Vizovice
Place of Origin: Vizovice, Czech Republic
Apples: a single varietal cider from Jaderniička moravska (Pépin de Moravie)
Sweetness as per label: dry
ABV: 6.5%
Package type: draught
Recommended type of glass: pint glass 
unfiltered, no sulphites

Appearance: pours a clear golden with light orange hues and no head. Lightly carbonated. Body is light to medium.

Aroma/Nose: The nose is rich and has wild notes of barnyard, fermented apple, leather with a slightly acidic touch. Very inviting.

Taste: it starts slightly watery with a medium to high level of lemon-like acidity followed by green notes, including lime. I can also get a light smoky note with a touch of fermented apples, barnyard and light astringency on the mid-palate. The finish is dry and has a pleasant taste of grapefruit-like bitterness.

Overall: To be honest, I preferred the barrel-aged version of the Jadrnička, the Limonka, which was just richer in terms of flavours. However, Jadrnička is a very decent and drinkable cider. And, as I mentioned in my recap of Slavnost Cideru 2017, one of the best cider of this year’s edition. Since it is rather a dry cider, I think it will not find a very broad audience in those who start with cider, but among cider lovers, the feedback will be surely very positive. Cheers! 4.5/6 

Availability: only on draught in many restaurants and bars across The Czech Republic.

Price: I have received the first sample during Slavnost Cideru 2017 for free from Martin. But, since I really enjoyed this cider I have returned several times to their booth and paid a regular price of 25 CZK (1 EUR) for 0.2L.

A.K. Cider Limonka

The origin of the company A.K. Cider dates back to 1928 when Antonin Kalenda established the company in Vizovice. Initially the company’s focus more towards fruit wines and other products made of fruits. In 2013 the decision was made to revive the tradition of cider making. How smart this decision was you can judge by tasting their cider.

From what I am reading now their cider sells out quickly so finding a bottle for tasting is not an easy task. But here I am tasting this rare species 😀A.K. Cider_Limonka.jpgCompany: A.K. CIDER-Vizovice
Place of Origin: Vizovice, Czech Republic
Apples: from a single Czech apple variety Jadernicka moravska (Pépin de Moravie), which is also sometimes called Limonka. Hence, the name.
Sweetness as per label: dry
ABV: 6.5%
Package type: 750 ml green glass wine bottle with screw cap. I like the simple but catchy design!
Recommended type of glass: pint glass or flute
unfiltered, no sulphites added

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy, golden yellow colour with no head. Medium to heavy body. There is some sediment in the bottle. The level of carbonation is very low but some microbubbles are still present.

Aroma/Nose: when I opened the bottle there was a beautiful wafting aroma of apples with some pears. The nose has also crispy tartness with a pineapple note. After a further few whiffs, I can also smell a bit of wood, vanilla with some distant barnyard touch. The aroma is full and rich.

Taste: the first impression is some medium sweetness followed by a slightly sharp citric feel with overripe apples and green notes (indeed, it gives kind of a lime taste!). After one second or two gentle fruity flavours of pear and pineapple appear. There is also a sulphuric note present, but only in the beginning. I can also sense some barnyard and astringent notes, which are quite distant and pleasant. The finish is dry with a minor oaky/woody and peat smoke touch with a distant bitter note.

Overall: this is not my first acquaintance with cider from A.K. Cider and definitely not the last. The name Limonka (lime) suggested more tartness so I was quite relieved when it turned out that Limonka is not as tart as the name suggested. Actually, it could be even slightly more tart but it is just a personal taste. Anyway, it is a very decent and as a matter of fact delicious cider. Czech cider tastes interestingly slightly different in comparison to French and British cider. Probably it is a matter of apples used. Limonka has a complex structure and each note is nicely balanced not dominating over another. I’m truly enjoying every sip of Limonka. Whether would I buy it again? Definitely! 5/6

Availability: currently only at wine and craft beer stores in the Czech Republic. Should be available at InCider Bar, a cider oriented bar, and shop in Prague. Sometimes A. K. Cider is available through CiderLab. And, online from Opilý jab – shop s kvalitním cider. They ship abroad upon request. Just get in touch with Daniel.

Price: purchased online from Opilý jabko – eshop s kvalitním ciderem at 153 CZK (5.6 EUR).