Many ciders have a reputation for being bright, balanced with great acidity and super fruity. But that’s not all cider can do. Many cidermakers are taking cider to a whole new level with the introduction of wood.
By aging cider in a barrel, it can be completely transformed. Time spent on wood can offer unmatched complexity, creating a truly artisan experience. If you’re a cider lover and haven’t tried a wood-aged cider just yet, it’s high time to do so. Here are six delicious options to help you dive in.
Shacksbury Cider | Lover Boi | Vergennes, Vt. | 6% ABV
This release from Shacksbury was inspired by a love for vermouth. It’s complex and floral thanks to botanicals, with notes of rye, hibiscus and pink peppercorn. Aged in barrels, this cider combines Basque apples and New England apples for a unique sip.
1911 Established | Maple Bourbon Barrel Aged | Lafayette, N.Y. | 6.9% ABV
This barrel aged cider brings maple syrup into the mix for a dessert-like drink. Aged in bourbon barrels, it offers a unique flavor profile for those looking for something a bit sweeter. Another great option? Use it as a mixer!
Big Hill Cider | Barrel Aged Reserve | Gardners, Pa. | 8.4% ABV
Taste the combination of bittersweet and bittersharp apples with this cider. Estate-grown apples are transformed into a complex drink thanks to barrel-aging. It’s tart and tannic for a great, balanced cider.
Tieton Cider Works | Bourbon Barrel Peach | Tieton, Wash. | 6.9% ABV
Looking for easy summer sipping? Frankly, this cider is great any time of year. Made with Washington apples and aged in bourbon barrels, this is one smooth sip. The balance of ripe peaches and apples are enhanced even further by deep vanilla and a beautiful finish.
Bauman’s Cider | Farmer’s Old Fashioned | Gervais, Ore. | 6.9% ABV
A cocktail-inspired cider? Yes, please! This unique cider is aged in bourbon barrels for a smooth mouthfeel and great flavor. It’s then blended with pureed oranges for a hit of citrus, producing an incredibly flavorful, almost-dry cider.
Blake’s Cider Co. | Saint Cheri | Armada, Mich. | 6.9% ABV
As if a semi-sweet cider made with Michigan cherries didn’t sound delicious enough, this cider is taken to a whole new level thanks to barrel aging. Left in bourbon barrels, it takes on a wonderfully smooth finish to balance out slight tartness.