This is a cider I’ve had a few times, and although I wouldn’t call it one of my favorites, it is quite good.
Cider: Private Reserve Pink
Cidery Location: Middlebury VT
How Supplied: six pack of 12oz bottles
Availability: Spring/Summer (approx. March-July)
Description on Bottle: Reclaiming your life after cancer is a challenge. We want to help survivors meet that challenge. Woodchuck Pink was crafted to honor that effort. The Cidery’s donation supports Dragonheart’s Survivorship NOW mission which offers programs to help cancer survivors. Delicate in body yet full of crisp apple taste. Raise a bottle to all survivors and join us in helping them live a better life.
Price: $8.99 / six bottles
Where Bought: Total Wine
How Found: I read about this online and started to look out for it in Spring 2014, as I try just about every Woodchuck flavor, since I always seem to like their ciders. I bought some again this Springtime. Unfortunately they no longer offer the Spring seasonal flavor, which was quite good, and had a maple & brown sugar flavor which reminded me of Vermont.
Where Drank: home
Opinion: This cider has a fruity (berry) sweet sparkling wine type flavor. It gets its pink hue from purple grape skins. This is a nice choice for Spring & Summer, and has a light flavor. It is surprisingly non-boozey. I pick up more carbonation than usual in this variety. This cider tastes better to me out of the bottle (vs. some of the stronger barrel aged type ciders which I find better out of a glass). I also tried it on draft/tap once (at Ciderbration), and unlike many ciders, and oddly enough I didn’t notice much of a difference (often cider, like beer, tastes better on draft/tap). Pink is part of Woodchuck’s Private Reserve Line, which currently has three seasonal releases (Pink, Pumpkin, & Barrel Select). They recently cut out the fourth one, Belgian White. Of the Private Reserve flavors, Barrel Select is my favorite. Pink supports the Dragonheart Vermont Survivorship NOW initiative for breast cancer. This variety has been available seasonally since 2013.
Have you tried Pink? What did you think?