Number 68: Woodchuck Gumption

Growing up, I played the cello in high school orchestra. Despite being the sexiest instrument known to man, every so often the cello section was forced to play the figurative second fiddle to the violins. In one particular song, I recall playing a low D in tied whole notes for no less than 66 Woodchuck Gumptionconsecutive measures. While the song sounded great, and the simple whole notes allowed us to more fully listen to the violin section, playing the same note for that long was less than ideal.

Often, you will find alcohol labels that describe the bottle’s contents as “complex,” using it as no more than a buzzword without going into any detail about what that actually means. The Gumption is one of the most complex ciders in my repertoire, as each sip contains a multitude of flavors. It was apparent that the makers used a blend of crisp and dry apples, and it contained notes of caramel as well as lingering flavors that I couldn’t place, resulting in what can only be described as a very complex cider.

That said, if I were blindfolded and given a glass of the Gumption, despite the complexity, I would be able to tell you immediately that this was a Woodchuck cider. All of their ciders carry a familiar taste that instantly signals their origin, which is not a bad thing. It solidifies their brand and creates a certain level of consistency.

Also, check that guy with the mustache on the label. Hilarious!

The Ciderman’s Rating: 9/10


2 thoughts on “Number 68: Woodchuck Gumption

  1. Woodchuck Gumption is one of my favorite commercial ciders. The flavor they get from the bittersweet apples is nice, although its still fairly sweet. If you like complex ciders, I’d encourage you to try more artisan craft ciders, made using cider apple varieties, which aren’t fruity/hopped/etc. They get way more complex than this one. These types of ciders are often sold in 750ml bottles and are a great treat. Let me know if you want any recommendations. I see you’ve reviewed Aspall Imperial, which is one of my favorites. I’m in WA though so we probably don’t get a lot of the same craft ciders (as they are often very regional, with limited distribution).


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