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Apple Brandy - A Whiskey Drinkers Secret Admirer

Do not confuse these serious spirits with "Apple Flavored" mixers.

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You know the setting β€” garage, project car, couple friends β€” you often see a dozen beers or a bottle of whiskey around. Yesterday we had a grease-monkey-blue-collar compare and contrast of πŸ‡«πŸ‡· Coquerel Fine Calvados and πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Clear Creek Apple Brandy. Both matured for a minimum of 2 years in French oak, and both are distilled in copper pot stills.

Cactus Green 510 Datsun Chassis. Coquerel Fine Calvados and Clear Creek Apple Brandy.

Cactus Green 510 Datsun Chassis. Coquerel Fine Calvados and Clear Creek Apple Brandy.

The real variances start in the orchard. Coquerel uses a locally grown, bitter-sweet apple while Clear Creek uses "Golden Delicious." Coquerel exhibited surprisingly savory aromas of cardamom, cinnamon, and clove. The palate was spicy, the middle resembled ginger bread, and the finish was similar to good cognac. Clear Creak was softer and lighter on the palate. The apple shined through more clearly, mid-palate prompted thoughts of good bourbon, and the finish had a more playful vanilla and caramel linger. BOTH were excellent, expressive of their terroir, and I highly advise any whiskey drinkers to experiment with these barrel-aged brandies!

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Comments (2)

  • So how much 510 Datsun chassis actually got done?

      7 months ago
    • We just coated the underside a few times with some road armor and moved on to a brake job on my car... no heavy lifting or real surgery. Not with two bottles of brandy sitting around πŸ˜…

        7 months ago
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