After soldiering through some terribly murky brews, I was almost afraid to try another cider. Maybe I was destined to like Aldi's Wicked Grove and only that brand of hard cider. After closing my eyes and pulling another brew from my sample pack, I found my fingers were around the neck of a squat, solid bottle from the Woodchuck Cider Mill in Proctorsville, Vermont.
The pink label for this private reserve designated it as one of many products intended to benefit cancer support groups. In this case the recipient is Dragonheart Vermont, an organization that builds awareness by competing in dragonboat paddling competitions and offering life-affirming wellness resources that focus on living beyond diagnosis and treatment. They're great and Woodchuck is awesome for honoring these brave women.
So about the cider...
This is my first taste of any of Woodchuck's flavors. I have to admit that I was charmed by the light pink color and its lovely scent of apple and a hint of lemon. The pleasant nose was accompanied by a flavor that starts out tart, dry, and clean. The sweet aftertaste is just right, leaving me with the impression I've just bitten into a cross between a mutsu and a granny smith apple. Of course this bit of alchemy can only happen when a master brewer is dreaming up new combinations.
For people watching their carbs and sugars, this is a great dessert if you've been sparing with dinner. At 220 calories for the bottle, it might seem a little hefty. It has 20 carbs and 17 grams of sugar. The good news is dividing that in half will give you a nice beverage to enjoy with 110 calories, 10 carbs, and 8.5 grams of sugar. Not bad.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Pink was introduced in October of 2015 and its presence on the shelves in September is a hopeful sign that it will be around for this year's campaign. If you're looking for a good product to buy in support of breast cancer awareness, maybe it's time to skip the plastic swag and get something that will provide funding for people who are doing the heavy lifting when it comes to support. Your taste buds will thank you and so will those fantastic women at Dragonheart Vermont.