Woodchuck Private Reserve Pumpkin Cider is the sort of thing that sounds like it can only be godly. Small batch private reserve cider from a great Vermont producer? Check! Pumpkins? Check? Orange bottle? Hell yes. Lets get Halloween on this cider!
Sight: Seriously, love to review this, but there’s notes of caramel coloring, so no comment.
Smell: There’s a nice sweet vanilla pumpkin smell that wafts out. It’s a bit short on spices, but it’s got a lot of sweet squash. There’s something else, perhaps maple like.
Sip: The mouth feel is light, and sort of floaty, but it emphasizes pumpkin and vanilla. It’s definitely on the sweet side, and there’s a little brown sugar and molasses flavor as well. [A.B.V. 6.9%]
Savor: The pumpkin lingers, and is a bit orange like (think candied oranges).
Overall, Woodchuck Private Reserve Pumpkin Cider is a nice change from regular cider. It’s hard to find, and seems to have sold out quick, but it’s a nice deviation from the usual cider and beer crowds. Cider lovers will miss the lack of acidity, but beer lovers might consider it a sweet alternative to thicker beers. Give it a try and support a dependable Vermont cidery.
Price: 1.89 / 12oz bottle.