Review of Woodchuck Tank Series release #2, Cucumber Mint. It is my first time trying this, but I have had their Spring, Summer Time, Fall Harvest, Winter Chill, Amber, Granny Smith, 802, Raspberry, Pear, Crisp, Gumption, Pink, Hopsation, Ciderbration, Local Nectar (VT), Sour Cherry, Chocolate, Farmhouse ’91, Barrel Select, Pumpkin, Belgian White, Mint, Splitter Splinter, Oopsy Daisy, Lazy Hazy Lemon Crazy, Hot Cha Cha Cha, Campfire Pancakes, Barrel Aged Cherry, Day Chaser, June and Juice, Semi-Dry, Ginger Lovin’, Summer Time Pear Ginger, Gumption Citrus Freak, and Tank Series Pear Ginger.
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Cider: Cucumber Mint
Cidery Location: Middlebury VT
How Supplied: six pack of 12oz cans
Style: American commercial cider from dessert apples, with cucumber and mint
Availability: wide release, July-September 2018, until the next Tank Series release (#3/3, due out later this year)
Cider Description: Cucumber Mint cider is bursting with bright cucumber and mint for a light, refreshing taste experience.
Cidery Description: Vermont Cider Company is a leading hard cider maker in the United States, with a state of the art cidery located in Middlebury, Vermont. Vermont Cider Company crafts a variety of ciders for a variety of consumers. There’s ultra-craft Vermont Cider Co., iconic Woodchuck, fruit-forward Wyder’s as well as the classic Magners Irish Cider and Blackthorn, rounding out our import offerings. Vermont Cider Company reinvigorated American hard cider in 1991, with the launch of Woodchuck, and stays focused on the category today through our commitment to crafting innovative and refreshing hard ciders.
Price: n/a (retails for $8.99-9.99)
Where Bought: n/a
Where Drank: home
How Found: it showed up
First Impression: Light straw yellow hue. Low carbonation. Smells mild, of mint.
Tasting Notes: On the sweeter side of semi-dry. Light to medium bodied. Low tartness and acidity. No bitterness, sourness, funk, or tannins. The flavor was primarily citrus (I didn’t detect any specific cucumber flavor), with a long mint finish. Low apple flavor and complexity. Low to moderate flavor intensity. High sessionability.
My Opinion: I thought it was ok. I personally wasn’t super into the mint flavor, but it was mild, not at all overpowering, and the cider was quite drinkable overall.
Most Similar to: Schilling Watermelon Mint, which was similar to this in that the flavor overall was rather mild, and the mint was only on the finish.
Closing Notes: This is the second mint flavored cider I have known Woodchuck to make – the first was cellar series “Mint”.
Have you tried Woodchuck Cucumber Mint? What did you think?