Dunkertons Breakwells Seedling

There is a constantly rising trend of organic foods, beers and wines in the market around the world, but also of organic ciders. And, Dunkertons is one of the few British cider makers producing cider from organic cider apples. More than that, Dunkertons were one of the first to introduce organic farming to the apple orchards in Herefordshire. It was in 1988, long before the boom begun.

Today I give you Dunkertons Breakwells Seedling, a single-varietal cider made form  Breakwells Seedling, an apple variety that was discovered at Perthyre Farm, Monmouth, Wales over a century ago.Company: Dunkertons
Place of Origin: Pembridge, Leominster, Herefordshire, UK
Apples: a single varietal from Breakwells Seedling from organic farms
Sweetness as per label: medium dry
ABV: 7.5%
Package type: 500ml amber glass bottle with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: pint glass, white wine glass or chalice glass

Appearance: pours a cloudy pale amber with faint orange hue and a large, white short-lived foam, which leaves a white ring around the glass. Medium carbonation. Low to medium body. There is some sediment in the bottle.

Aroma/Nose: the nose is tannic and sweetish with lovely notes of juicy red apples and a hint of apple juice. Also, I can get wild notes, beeswax, leather, distant acetic note and nail polish.

Taste: the first sip is medium dry of caramel with a moderate acidity of lemon. Strong astringent taste and bitterness on the mid-palate followed by notes of nail polish, vinegar, barnyard, smoked cheese, red apples, grapefruit and a light watery flavour. It finishes dry with lingering astringent notes and a hint of grapefruit-bitterness with red apples. Alcohol is well hidden despite the high ABV of 7.5%.

Overall: Dunkerton’s Breakwells Seedling Cider is a cider that every cider lover needs to try as it tastes simply extraordinary. The combination of strong tannins, wild notes and flavours of fruity, crisp yet sweet and juicy red apples with citrus notes is simply mind-blowing and make this cider suitable for every palate. However, it’s a cider to sip at a slow pace rather and than drinking without stopping. I think that the Breakwells Seedling is another masterpiece from Dunkertons’ apart from Black Fox that I tried earlier. To be honest, I wouldn’t tell that the Breakwells Seedling is a single-varietal cider. So yes, I would definitely buy it again! 5/6

Availability: from their online shopbroad in the UK Bristol Cider Shop, Beers of Europe,  Abel&ColeCrumpton Hill Farm Shop,  However, outside the UK the availability is rather limited to CiderKultur in Germany, Ciderwinkel and Appels en Peren in the Netherlands, Opily Jabko and Dobry Cider in the Czech Republic. In Switzerland from Ciderhouse.ch. In Estonia from Siidirimaja. In Copenhagen from Holm Cider.

Price: Dunkertons Breakwells Seedling was a sample provided by CiderKultur.

F. H. Prager Perry

Although the name indicates that F.H. Prager comes from Prague, guys from this Czech cidery, Ondřej and Cyril are actually based in Kladno. As per information that you can find on their website, their ciders and perry were inspired by English cider and Spanish sidra, but the guys decided to make cider using their own Czech way using Czech apples and pears.Company: F.H. Prager
Place of Origin: Kladno, Czech Republic
Pears: Czech pears
Sweetness as per label: medium dry
ABV: 4.9 %
Package type: 330ml amber glass bottle with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: pint glass or flute

Appearance: pours a clear dark golden with a petillant carbonation and a thin white ring around the glass. Body is medium.

Aroma/Nose: the aroma is very intense as if this perry was just waiting for me to open the bottle to take a sniff. So, on the nose, I can sense fresh and ripe pears with a very distant acetic acidity and cloves. The aroma is slightly sweet and dry at the same time with a touch of white wine along with fruity and floral notes. There is a hint of fermented apples as well. Beautiful aroma! Very inviting!

Taste: it starts with a moderate level of sweetness and light acidity. On the medium palate quite strong bitter taste resembling grapefruit peel. The intensity of bitter notes reduces quickly bringing to light a mild acetic-acidity with a touch of cloves. The finish is dry and still slightly bitter with a hint of fresh pear and minor astringent notes.  

Overall: I’m not a big perry fan as perry tastes usually too sweet to my palate. So I was very skeptical towards Perry from F.H. Prager. But, wow! I’m amazed. This is the most impressive and the best perry I have tried until now. I think it will be difficult to really beat this perry. The nose is just brilliant, very rich and complex. The taste is medium sweet, but not overly sweet as some perry’s are, with a touch of acidity to break the sweetness. I can’t wait to try their ciders! Guys, you have set the bar very high. Congrats!  5/6

However, due to the quite bitter taste in the beginning (and by writing this I really mean it) I think this perry will not appeal to everyone’s palate.

Availability: F.H. Prager has their own online.shop. As per InCider Bar’s blog perry is seasonal and they have it when it’s available. My favorite Czech online shop, Opily jabko also has it.

Price: purchased online from Opily jabko at 38 CZK (1.43 EUR)



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).