Eau de Vie de Pomme, Barrel Aged 8 years
A very worthy competitor to the best Calvados. We crush and ferment the whole apple, using Golden Delicious apples from our orchards on the northeast slope of Mt. Hood, and distill. Following the customs of the Calvados makers of Normandy, the high proof apple spirit is aged in old Cognac barrels, made of Limousin oak, for at least eight years. The result is a beautiful amber brandy, with a remarkable amount of apple in the nose, but with the sophistication and complexity gained from all those years in oak. This 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
750 ml bottle $44.95*
375 ml bottle $27.95*
50 ml (miniature) $5.00*
Apple Brandy, Barrel Aged 2 years
This is the same as the eau de vie de pomme, but aged only two years in Limousin oak. This is the one you use to make fruitcake, to deglaze a pan-fried steak, for the recipe that calls for “Calvados,” in some dandy apple brandy cocktails and wherever “applejack” is called for. Great in a wintertime toddy too. A great bargain.
750 ml bottle $27.95*
375 ml bottle $17.95*
Now we also produce an Apple-in-the-Bottle. Golden Delicious apples are grown inside the bottle and brought back to the distillery where, after cleaning, we fill the bottle with Clear Creek apple brandy. If you have ever participated in apple bobbing, you know that, unlike pears, apples float!
750 ml bottle $59.95*
*Note that these are suggested retail prices and that actual retail prices can vary from state to state and sometimes from store to store.