Woodchuck Fall Hard Cider

I'm not really a hard cider guy, but I like to branch out every now and then. It wasn't until I got this home that I noticed the big "FALL" written on the top label, and it makes me think that this is yet another beverage that my local distributor has sold me well after the date that would have been best enjoyed on. I think I'm going to find a new distributor.

This presents itself like all ciders, really. It has the color and aroma of apple juice with slightly more head. I'm trying to think of ways of making that more interesting, and I can't. I suppose I could comment that there is a hint of cinnamon in there, and that actually makes me think that this might be enjoyable. I think a hint of cinnamon should really be added to most apple juice (at least the ones made from concentrate).

First sip, and that cinnamon is really sticking out. The apple tastes kind of sour, and the cinnamon is adding spice without adding sweetness. Maybe they should have used cinnamon sugar instead of just cinnamon. Well, it's not just cinnamon. There's a bit of nutmeg in there struggling against the cinnamon to be noticed and failing on the most part. Hell, the apple is having a hard time against the cinnamon, and there's WAY more apple than cinnamon.

A bigger swig reveals that there is too much cinnamon. The thing is - it may be good on a cold winter's day. Yup, I said winter. I don't think this is a fall drink - I take a swig, and I immediately think of holly and ivy and decorations and snow. It's the wrong time of year and the wrong beverage. Even in the winter, the cinnamon is too heavy. I know it's a subtle thing, but they just went too far.



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