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 consecutive 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