Eau de Vie - Williams Birne (Pear Brandy)
Williams-Birne (Williams Pear Brandy)
Alfred Schladerer,Staufen Im Breisgau, Germany
Importer: Niche Imports,Cedar Knolls New Jersey
INGREDIENTS: Williams Pears
PROOF: 80 (40% )
AGE: 2 Years
TYPE: Eau de Vie
PRICE: $ 48.00 750 ML
Notes: This is a eau de vie is made from Williams pears from south Tyrol, Romagna and Rhone plains in small copper pot stills. It does not use bulk ethanol and chemical flavors like some (O.K. most ) of its competitors to make some bastardized vodka kool aid and try to pass it of as eau de vie. It uses a much more true (but expensive) process.
Appearance: Clear bright, on swirling it leaves a thick clear coat on the inside of the glass and shows some impressively long legs. This is a sign that tit is well blended in that the essential oils do not separate from the alcohol base- a difficult trick to accomplish.
First Impression: Smells like the skin of a ripe pear, a wonderful depth and complexity second to none.
Taste: Essential oils of a sun ripened pear. The subtlety of this eau de vie is sublime. A touch sweet but only from the pears no additional sugar. Marvelous!
Drinks:Theoretically possible but I know of damn few things equal to it. Why contaminate it with lesser ingredients. Enjoy it on its own with no distractions.
Final Thoughts: Another outstanding accomplishment from the Schladerer family. A fabulous brandy that anyone would enjoy.
Bottle: Clear rectangular glass with sloped shoulders- family crest and name pressed into glass between parchment style labels, other folk designs on sides and back. Green neck foil to distinguish Williams Pear Brandy (others are white or red). Red wax medallion and cord at neck/shoulder area.
Web site:: http://www.schladerer.de
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