Woodchuck: 802 Collection - Lil' Dry
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Basic Info about the Cider
Cider: 802 Collection - Lil’ Dry
Origin: Middlebury, VT, USA
Color: Pale gold, clear
Our Review of the Cider
Julia's Thoughts and Rating:
Lil’ Dry has an aroma of apple juice. Upon sipping the cider, there is some tingling on the tongue from carbonation, as well as a slight bite from notes of lemon and its accompanying acidity. Once that initial bite subsides, an apple-lemon flavor with secondary notes of honey emerges. At this point, the apple and lemon flavors are equal in strength and remain so until the end of the sip, at which time the lemon surpasses the apple in potency. The end of the sip also brings with it an increase in acidity. The acidity is not overpowering; rather, it is just enough to give the cider a pleasantly tart finish. The aftertaste consists of lemon with a medium level of acidity. Lil’ Dry is in between light and medium bodied, leaning toward medium. It is semi-dry with a medium level of acidity and no tannin. Lastly, it has a medium amount of carbonation.
Overall, I found Lil’ Dry to be very easy to drink. There was just enough acidity present throughout the entire sip to give the cider a refreshingly tart flavor profile, and the heightened acidity at the end of the sip imparted a lip-smacking finish that left you wanting another sip. Lil’ Dry also strikes a nice balance between tart and sweet, making it a nice cider for someone who likes neither overly sweet nor bone dry ciders.
Ramsay's Thoughts and Rating:
Upon first sip, I get a small bite that fades slowly into the rest of the sip.
The body comes off as being between light and medium, leaning toward medium.
I get a medium amount of acidity that stays potent until around the halfway point of the sip before fading away.
Lil’ Dry has a medium amount of carbonation. I didn’t notice it at first, but then it started to creep up on me after having a quarter of the can.
Didn’t catch any tannin in this cider.
Lil’ Dry comes off strong with a lemon and apple profile. After about ¼ of the sip, the sweetness from the apple becomes more subdued, and the tartness from the lemon increases in intensity and continues to do so well into the aftertaste.
Initially, I thought this cider came off as having a semi-sweet finish. However, as I drank more, the tartness of the cider gave it a more semi-dry finish with a lip-smacking quality to boot.
Overall, I’d have to say I liked Lil’ Dry. I enjoyed the semi-sweet to semi-dry experience of drinking it. Might be a touch too tart for me to have multiple at once, but I would pick some up on the shelves if I saw it.