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.

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

Poirissimo

Pear Dessert Wine

• Inspired by French classic – made on orchards in Normandy.
• Minimally fermented Reserve ‘sweet’ pear cider plus pear brandy from our own distillery.
• Stunning pear bouquet.  Intense ‘more than fresh’ pear flavor.  Fades to delicate, yet crisp, aftertaste with incredible length.
  • Body: Smooth, Heavy
  • Sweetness: 8
  • Tartness: 3
  • Alcohol: 17

Sweet, Very Pear, solid fruit, hint of spice, lingering
Pears: Comice with Bartlett Brandy
Pairings: Caramel Pretzels, Brandy cocktail

Bottle: 375mL flint icewine

Poirissimo Pear Dessert Wine

Orchard Oriole Perry

English traditional perry pears. Complex and tannic. Fermented to highlight cultivars and terroir. Subtle pear, different from Bartlett and not-so-subtle tannins, tart, slightly bubbly.

  • Body: Tannic
  • Sweetness: 1
  • Tartness: 7
  • Alcohol: 5
  • Pears: Taynton Squash, Brandy, Thorn, Winnals Longdon, Normanschein Cidrebirne, Gin, Butt, Hendre Huffcap, and other bitter perry pears of English and Austrian heritage.
  • Pairings:
  • Available: 750mL, 5.16 gallon keg

Oriole Perry is our proud ‘estate’ perry.  It’s grown at Brightonwoods, within sight of the Winery.   It’s more subtle and complex than the Sparkling Perry- being fermented from 100% bitter perry pears.  We ferment it with a Sangiovese yeast that we think really brings out the tannin characters of the perry-specific cultivars.  These pears are exceedingly rare in the US, and not easy to grow.  When we get the question ‘Then why use them?’, we pour a glass of Oriole.  These are not mellow, easy-going French ‘butter pears’.  Perry pears think they are Cabernet – and have the tannins to back it up.