Apple Brandy - A Whiskey Drinkers Secret Admirer
Do not confuse these serious spirits with "Apple Flavored" mixers.
You know the setting — garage, project car, couple friends — you often see a dozen beers or a bottle of whiskey around. Yesterday we had a grease-monkey-blue-collar compare and contrast of 🇫🇷 Coquerel Fine Calvados and 🇺🇸 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.
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!