Review of Wyder’s Reposado, a pear cider aged in tequila barrels.
Cidery Location: Middlebury VT (Woodchuck facility)
How Supplied: six pack of 12oz bottles (and kegs)
Style: commercial American pear cider, aged in tequila barrels
Availability: Wide release
Cider Description: Reposado. The name given to tequilas aged between two and twelve months in oak barrels. The wood aging smoothes out the tequila while infusing it with subtle oak notes. Wyder’s® Reposado Pear cider is an adventurous tango with the classic blue agave based spirit. Traditional Wyder’s® Pear cider infused with smooth subtle oak laden tequila notes. Refreshing pear cider crafted with some inspiration from south of the border.
Cidery Description: Wyder’s® Hard Cider has specialized in eclectic fruit-forward ciders for more than two decades. We figured it was about time our look on the outside of the bottle, matched the artful reality of what is inside the bottle! The liquid remains unchanged; we just updated our look to better fit what we are all about. It’s a pretty hyper-connected world out there, grab a Wyder’s when you’re ready to unplug. We hope you enjoy.
Price: ~$2 / single bottle
Where Bought: Total Wine
Where Drank: home
How Found: Browsing. I’ve tried this a few times before.
First Impression: Pale straw yellow. Still (no carbonation). Smells of tequila, oak, pear, and sugar.
Tasting Notes: Semi-sweet. Medium bodied. Low tartness. Moderate acidity. No bitterness, sourness, funk, or tannins. Notes of sweet pear, tequila, oak, lime, and honey. Very smooth. Medium to long warming finish. Moderate to strong pear flavor. Moderate overall flavor intensity. Moderate sessionability. Mild to moderate barrel influence. High spirit influence.
My Opinion: This is a simple but tasty cider that goes especially well with Mexican food, something that can be said about very few ciders. Its a tad on the sweet side for my tastes though.
Most Similar to: Nothing I know of, although I’ve heard of another cideries doing tequila barrel aged ciders (even of one with pineapple, from Cooked Halo.
Closing Notes: This isn’t a cider I’d want to drink all the time, but its definitely enjoyable when the mood strikes. I paired it with some taco salad.
Have you tried Wyder’s Reposado? What did you think?