Eau de Vie - American Fruits Pear Brandy
Warwick Valley Wine Co., Inc.
American Pear Brandy
Warwick Valley Wine Co, Warwick, NY
PROOF: 80 (40%)
TYPE: Eau De Vie
PRICE: $27.00 375 ML
Notes: Warwick Valley winery is New York State's first fruit distillery (since prohibition) located in the Hudson Valley area. Using New York State produce, they produce a wide range of quality products. They also have a winery, cidery and bistro. While we haven't been there yet, the products we have sampled are wonderful and it sounds like a great place to visit. Warwicks pear eau de vie brandy is made from New York pears .
They also produce an apple brandy, sour cherry cordial, a bourbon barrel aged apple liqueur, a Bartlett pear liqueur, and a black currant cordial as part of their American Fruits series.
First Impression: More an eau de vie-style than some others. Crisp, well defined pear notes with alcohol. Pear skins, woody notes, juicy, almost chewy notes. Slight savory and mineral notes around the edges.
Appearance: Very clear, pristine in appearance. On swirling, leaves a oily even coat on the glass with long legs developing.
Taste: Smooth oily entry with touch of sweetness, then a little tartness and a pleasant warm of the front part of the tongue and a little on the sides (kind of peppery). Finish is medium and pleasant.
Drinks: Very nice as an aperitif or digestif. Note sure of any specific cocktails for it but it sems like there would be some good possibilities here.
Bottle: Standard clear class 1/2 cylinder 1/2 neck glass brandy bottle with frosted band with pear silhouette and attractive graphics on back. Clear yellow plastic knob top with synthetic cork to better preserve freshness.
Final Thoughts: A very pleasant and mellow pear eau de vie - nice, price is competitive for a spirit of this quality . Another positive is the 375 ML size bottle - you can use it up and not worry about it going south before you reach the end.
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