Reserve Apple Brandy, Aged 8 Years
Our Reserve Apple Brandy, Aged 8 years, is a worthy competitor to the best Calvados, the regional French apple brandy. We crush and ferment whole Golden Delicious apples from the Yakima Valley, and distill the whole fruit mash. Following the customs of the Calvados makers of Normandy, the apple spirit is aged in a combination of old and new French Limousin oak barrels for a minimum of eight years. The result is a beautiful, amber brandy with a remarkable amount of apple in the nose, and the sophistication and complexity gained from the years in oak. Our Reserve Apple Brandy has a lot of appeal to the traditional brandy drinker as well, as its color and barrel aged qualities are more familiar.
“An American distilling masterpiece by distiller Steve McCarthy. (96-100)” — Wine Enthusiast Magazine, September 2001
“Aged in Limousin oak casks from France; pale straw yellow/apple juice hue; the nose is so delicate as to be feminine in its bearing – the notes of grass, apple, and spice are neither sweet nor tart, just ethereal in the first three passes-by the last nosing, the spice/apple-peel components shift into high gear, creating a heavenly aroma of succulent fruit that took my breath away; in the mouth, the grace noted in the bouquet grows into regal elegance as the apple element becomes more clearly defined at midpalate — just prior to the aftertaste, the taste of tart green apple is mesmerizing; the finish is long, but very soft and appley; this is Stephen McCarthy’s best all-around distilling effort and must be considered an American classic.” RATING ***** Highly Recommended — From “Kindred Spirits” by F. Paul Pacult