About Fruit Brandy

About Fruit Brandy
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

Perea Apricot Brandy
93 points
Best Buy
Clear color. Confected aromas of butterscotch, apple, wildberry candies, strawberry shortcake, and mixed berry pie filling with a round, crisp, fruity light body and an effortless, delightful, medium-long blackberry fruit roll-up, chocolate taffy, agave, and dried apricot finish. Electric waves of intense fruits are packed into this flavor-trip of an eau de vie; a very fun spirit to mix in cocktails or sip neat to celebrate.
Awards: 2018 Best Fruit Brandy
93 points $25 Best Buy
Long Road Distillers Cherry Brandy
93 points
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 finish displaying nuances of 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
Laird’s Straight Applejack 86 Brandy
92 points
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
Bailoni Original Gold Apricot Brandy
87 points
Clear color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of plums and apricots, toasty fig bars, magnolia, and cherry blossom with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, refreshing, medium-long finish. A cheerful apricot brandy with delicate florals that’s like sipping a bouquet of cherry blossoms.
87 points $49.95
Barking Irons Applejack
85 points
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 finish that exhibits overtones of 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.
Wollersheim Distillery Wisconsin Apple Brandy
84 points
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
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