This is probably my favorite cider, especially for the price. Not too many barrel aged ciders are available in affordable six packs (most are expensive single larger bottles). I like this stuff so much I bought six 6 packs to try to tide me over for the year, since it is a seasonal release.
Cider: Winter Chill
Cidery Location: Middlebury VT
How Supplied: six pack of 12oz bottles
Availability: Winter (approx. Nov-Feb)
Description on Bottle: The chill of winter sends some running for the mountains, while others prefer to stay cozy in the comfort of the great indoors. Whichever way you enjoy winter, this cider is built to get you through. Aged in premium french and traditional american oak, Winter Chill brings a rich depth of apple flavor with hints of vanilla and Oak throughout.
Price: $7.99 / six pack
Where Bought: Total Wine
How Found: I think I originally found this just by browsing.
Where Drank: home
Opinion: This is some really tasty stuff. It is one of Woodchuck’s more dry offerings, but definitely still on the sweeter side. I definitely pick up the vanilla & oak flavors, and can tell it is barrel aged. It is very easy to drink, and although it is more of a wintery cider, I like it year round. I sure wish it was available year-round. To me this cider is a very good value, as typically barrel aged ciders start at a higher price point (as they are typically from craft cideries). I definitely did some stocking up this winter between Woodchuck Winter Chill & Barrel Select. It is part of Woodchuck’s seasonal line of ciders, which currently include Summer Time, Fall Harvest, and Winter Chill (now that they aren’t releasing the Spring one). When I went to the Woodchuck cidery I got to see the giant stack of barrels which held the aging cider. Apparently this flavor has been available since 2008. I highly recommend it! Its a good intro to barrel aged ciders, as it isn’t as strong of a barrel aged flavor (I’d guess it is aged less than some of the others).