Maker: Woodchuck¸ Middlebury, Vermont, USA
Style: Barrel-aged cider
Appearance: Dark copper.
Nose: Toffee apples, vanilla
On the palate: Medium-bodied and creamy. Vanilla, apple crisp a la mode, butterscotch candy
Finish: Tangy apple, carrot cake with vanilla icing.
Parting words: This stuff is so sweet that I ran out of desserty descriptors when I was writing this review. I don’t know where they got the barrel this was aged in, but it imparted a crazy amount of vanilla and caramel to the cider. I assume it all comes from the barrel. I would be disappointed if some vanilla or caramel flavoring was added to “round out” the barrel flavors. Speculation aside, Woodchuck Barrel Select earns a recommendation.