About Fruit Brandy

Serve in a Copita
Fruit Brandy is the default term for all Brandies that are made from fermenting fruit other than grapes. Fruit Brandies, except those made from berries, are generally distilled from fruit wines. Berries tend to lack enough sugar to make a wine with sufficient alcohol for proper distillation, and thus are soaked (macerated) in high-proof spirit to extract their flavor and aroma. The extract is then distilled once at a low proof.
Top Picks for Fruit Brandy
217718
Long Road Distillers
Cherry Brandy
Clear color. Fruity aromas and flavors of bright spiced dried cherries, fruit gum, and cherry blossoms with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long sweet cream, powdered sugar, cherry pits, and straw finish. A very pure cherry brandy with a solid core of fruit and pleasing warmth.
93 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210185
Laird’s
Jersey Lightning Unaged Apple Brandy
Clear color. Delicate, buttery, fruity spicy aromas of spiced fall fruits, sweet creamy meringue, and praline with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long minerals, macadamia cookie, and pepper finish with soft tannins and no oak. A nicely warming and elegant fruit brandy that will be very versatile.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206217
Magnotta Distillery
Barrel Aged Plum Brandy
Golden color. Attractive aromas and flavors of apricot bonbons, caramel frosting, and spice with a supple, fruity medium body and a tangy, peppery tropical citrus, plum pie, and toffee finish. Very tasty and a lively balance of fruit and oak. Try in Old Fashioned cocktails.
89 points $29.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209920
Woody Creek
Pear Brandy
Clear color. Bright, creamy, fruity aromas of spiced pears, creme brulee, and nougat with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, relaxed dusty pears and apples, pepper, gravel, and nutshell finish with light oak. A dry and fiery fruit brandy that will pop in cocktails.
87 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217570
Barking Irons
Applejack
Clear golden amber color. Funky, toasty aromas and flavors of caramelized peaches and apples, spiced almond praline, lilac and lily, and pastry with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, stimulating, medium-length spiced pecans and trail mix, pencil shavings, tobacco, and pepper finish. A warming apple brandy with a hefty dose of oak that gives a whiskey-like impression.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210284
Vermont
Apple Brandy No. 14
Golden amber color. Rich, toasty, buttery aromas of nougat, cedar, raisins, and vanilla with a silky, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, snappy pencil shavings, nuts, and pepper finish with moderate oak. A nice brandy for mixing.
85 points $44.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206260
Dawsonville Moonshine
Georgia Apple Brandy
Clear. Aromas of dried pears, powdered almond cookie, and white pepper with a supple, vaporous, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a very warming, pepper, nut brittle, and apple tart finish. Tastes more like an apple flavored moonshine; will be fun to mix with.
85 points $49.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208602
Twin Peaks Distillery
Kirschwasser
Gold color. Rich, toasty aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, roasted coffee beans, and grilled fruit with a soft, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, appealing, crisp finish with notes of dried cherry, mineral oil, and toast. An interesting, toasty spirit.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206146
Twin Peaks Distillery
Applejack
Golden yellow color. Aromas of roasted nuts and apples, mushroom soup, lemongrass, and caramelized oak with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a spicy apple bread pudding and nutshell finish.
84 points $39.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208603
Twin Peaks Distillery
Pear Brandy
Clear color. Delicate aromas and flavors of dried pear, yeasty raisin bread, and melted wax with a soft, shy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a prickly, brisk finish displaying shades of pepper oil, minerals, and raisin bran. An OK mixing eau-de-vie.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab