In this cider blog, we are going to get into our first review of a cider. I am happy it will be Woodchuck and their Winter Hard Cider. Woodchuck came from a winery which at the time most wineries were not making cider. In 1990, Woodchuck was born. They wanted to give beer fans something else to drink that is why their “802” and “Amber” cider was born. By 1996, they had two successful ciders and sold over half million of cases. A year after they added their “Granny Smith Cider.” A few years later, they added “Raspberry” and “Pear.” They just added some seasonals to their line up. I found all this information from their website (www.woodchuck.com). Let us get into the cider.
It has a clear slight dark yellow color with some small bubbles. It does not have a head on it. The smell is a cider and apple notes. The taste has hints of vanilla and a little oak to apple. It is a pretty drinkable hard cider.
Here is a description from the bottle:
Winter Cider is a balanced culmination of premium French and traditional American Oak, giving the cider great complexity and broad characteristics that neither style could produce on its own. This cider has tremendous depth starting with an attractive oak taste and finishing with a touch of vanilla, all crafted in Woodchuck tradition… Independent to the core.
Here is a description from their website (www.woodchuck.com):
Somewhere between a delicate snowflake drifting down to your tongue and a hard-packed snowball to the teeth, the power of this winter Cider is a balanced culmination of Premium French and Traditional American Oak, giving the cider great complexity and broad characteristics that neither style could produce on its own.
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In closing, I am not a cider guy. I wanted something different and sweet. I did not want anything over the top sweet but just enough. I thought a cider might be it. I try it and I thought I would write a review. I will end up writing not just one review but I will have two more after this one. I love barrel age beers so I thought this Winter Cider would be in my wheel house. I was right. I loved the apple with the hints of vanilla and oak. It was pretty drinkable and had pretty good kick. I highly recommend this cider and I will be trying some more of these ciders. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser