New Releases 4/12/17

Alrighty folks, its bottling time of year, and we’ve gotten a couple products on the shelf recently. 

I’ve created a new Tasting Room Current Selections menu page on the website (under Visit Us), and linked it to Facebook. I hope to keep it up to date. 

Apples Doux II – a semi-sweet champagne-method cider. Differs from the original Doux by using all Anglo-Franco true (tannic) cider apples – even for the final sweetening. 

Pommeaux – the Apple dessert wine is back!

Wisconsin Apple Brandy – is back!  Hurray. And there’s a limited amount of Cask Strength, too. 750mL, 118 proof. 

Product Update 5/6/13

Status

Low Inventory :
Pommeaux Apple Dessert wine. More will be ready in early summer. Call if you’d like some of the current batch set aside.

Newly Depleted:
Poirissimo! Pear Dessert Wine
WI Immature Brandy.

Honesty Pear Brandy

A white pear brandy, or eau de vie.

A white spirit means, you guessed it, no oak aging.  ‘Honesty’ goes nearly directly from still to bottle.  We also bottle it a bit warm. 95 proof.  We ‘re trying to get as much as pear into the bottle as we can.

So what’s honest about ‘Honesty’?  A more traditional French, German or Austrian ‘Poire Williams’ would have been distilled from 100% Bartlett (aka Williams) pears.  Those have a very distinct and powerful aroma.  AeppelTreow Honesty comes, in great or lesser part each year, from distilling the stuff at the bottoms of our pear wine and perry tanks. And what’s left over in the filters and pumps during transfers.  While we take great care in local-sourcing Brown Dog Whiskey and WI Apple Brandy, Honesty just kind of happens.Movie Fifty Shades Darker (2017)

Light pear bouquet followed by fire. Honesty is pear lightning.  Not as brilliant ‘pear skin’ flavor as the best of its class, Honesty does have a nice balance and a lingering hint of spice that makes for a nice digestif or cocktail spirit.

Bottled in 375mL at 95 proof.

Honesty Pear Brandy

Wisconsin Immature Brandy

Wisconsin grown grapes in Wisconsin White Oak.

This brandy is a varietal brandy – just one kind of grape went into it. LaCresent grapes grown at Vernon Vineyards.  LaCresent is known for it’s aroma, and this brandy is nearly perfume.  It’s brilliant and floral and very not Korbel.

In keeping with our historic inspiration, our Brandy was aged in new, charred oak, as we believe all early American spirits would have been.  That adds a certain smoky/spiciness that is unusual for a brandy.

Why ‘Immature’?  No, it doesn’t spend its time whinging. Sorry – whining.  Federal regulation say that ‘brandy’, unadorned, must be at least two years old.  But we didn’t want that much oak infusion. Or to loose any more aroma to oxidation through the wood grain.  So we bottled it early.

Wisconsin Immature Brandy