Apple Country Spirits Apple Brandy is done in a French Calvados Style. Unlike our Aged AppleJack which is aged in used Bourbon Barrels, the Apple Brandy is aged in used Red Wine Barrels from one of the Finger Lakes better known wineries. It is done in a French Calvados style, representing a blend of over a dozen apple varieties and finished in toasted red wine barrels to offer a completely different mouth feel and finish than most American spirits finished in charred Bourbon Barrels.
Apple Country Spirits Plum Brandy is our nod to the little know Slavic spirit, Slivovtiz. It is made with 100% heritage blue plums and fermented using the whole fruit. The final product never touches oak -- instead it is rested in stainless steel or glass for 3-6 months and bottled at 80 proof. It smells strongly of plum and tastes like blue would if colors had taste (or so our distiller says).
Apple Country Spirits Pear Brandy started as a nod to Poire Williams, an unaged Pear Brandy that is made exclusively of the Williams (Bartlett) Pear. While the unaged version was good, after some experimentation it was decided to add a new twist to the old classic by letting the spirit rest in barrels for a little over 6 months. We choose our oldest barrels that had previously been used for Bourbon then used to our Applejack. This meant that most of the flavor had been extracted from the wood, allowing for maturation of the spirit with little wood extract. Because of this the spirit picked up just a hint of honey on the taste, and a pale coloration that is actually reminiscent of the pears it was made from.