About Eau de Vie and Fruit Brandies from USA

About Eau de Vie  and  Fruit Brandies from USA
The spirit industry in America is much like the beer industry; some large corporate distillers turning out good quality vodka, gin and whisky along with a growing number of artisan producers of these same products. In large cities such as Chicago and San Francisco, small distilleries turn out superb spirits, many of them organically produced. Vodkas and gins are most common, but there are even a few examples of single malt whiskey. This is certainly an encouraging alternative to the commercially produced spirits in the US, but the truth is that these artisan spirits are a drop in the bucket next to the huge amount of vodkas, gins and whiskeys made by the large companies and are sold in huge numbers; given the promotional money spent by these firms. But the new competition is a bright sign at least in terms of some of the famous whiskey producers that have recently introduced specialty bourbons, aged for a dozen or more years, many of them single barrel products. They are responding to a public looking for more high quality American spirits. The success of these products is a great thing for the American sprits industry.

Top Picks for USA

Eau de Vie and Fruit Brandies

Laird’s 10th Generation Apple Brandy
92 points
$39.99
Amber color. Elegant, fruity aromas and flavors of perfectly ripe red apples, cherry candies, toffee, buttery pastry, yuzu marmalade, and ripe melon with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, intricate, long finish that presents nuances of sage, ground pepper, and ginger finish. Bright, sophisticated aromas beckon the imbiber in for a sip of this peppery apple brandy; great for complex for cocktails.
92 points $39.99
Laird’s Straight Applejack 86 Brandy
92 points
$25
Golden amber color. Aromas of heirloom apples, hibiscus, sweet cherry, and nougat with a round, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, involved, long honey on crepes and peach preserve finish. An upstanding apple brandy with layers of flavor that evolve on the palate.
Awards: 2018 Best Buy Bar - Best Value Fruit Brandy
Star Union Spirits Apple Fruit Brandy
86 points
$60
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of apple cake, hints of maple buttercream, cherry preserves, and toasted cereal with a supple, crisp, dry light body and a tingling, brisk finish with overtones of pear tart. Toasty oak and orchard fruit mingle in this fun and mixable immature Fruit Brandy.
Star Union Spirits Cherry Fruit Brandy
86 points
$60
Pale gold color. Aromas and flavors of popcorn, green apple, hints of pumpkin spice cheesecake, and mint with a supple, bright, dry light body and a seamless, intriguing, breezy finish evoking notes of cracked pepper and baking spices. A delicate Fruit Brandy with hints of baking spices; an easy intro to barrel-aged spirits.
P: 100% Real DAnjou Pear Eau-de-Vie
85 points
$34.99
Brilliant clear color. Interesting aromas and flavors of sautéed shittakes and sweet potatoes, pear fruit leather, miso and soy, and teriyaki vegetables with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, compelling, medium-long finish revealing notes of nut oil, spiced citrus and plantain, and vanilla hemp milk finish. An interesting very savory and earthy pear eau-de-vie with a nice texture.
85 points $34.99
Wollersheim Distillery Wisconsin Apple Brandy
84 points
$45
Gold color. Aromas of golden and granny smith apples, walnut confection, spumoni, vanilla buttercream, clove, and dried mint and thyme with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length nougat, tiramisu, and caraway finish. A cocktail friendly apple brandy with a nice fruity, creamy style.
Vermont Spirits No.14 Apple Brandy
84 points
$52.99
Golden amber color. Woody aromas of sawdust, dried stonefruit, cinnamon, and parsley with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium body and a peppery, short-to-medium banana bread, underripe pear, cherry stone, pastry dough, and fresh no 2 pencil finish. An oak-dominated fruit brandy for a fun twist on an Old-Fashioned cocktail.
84 points $52.99
A: 100% Real Apple Eau-de-Vie
84 points
$29.99
Brilliant clear color. Fruity, spicy, vaporous aromas of baked and poached apples, pears and carrots, peppery spices, apple taffy and gum, and model glue and rubber cement with a satiny, light-to-medium body and a hot, appealing, long rock sugar sugar, waxy candy, apple bobbing pond water in a pewter tub, and Coleman’s fuel finish. A fiery moonshiney apple brandy for punches.
84 points $29.99