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

Laird’s 10th Generation Apple Brandy
92 points
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
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
Yebiga Bela Plum Brandy
87 points
Clear color. Fruity aromas and flavors of ripe plum, white cherry, seville orange, hints of banana, and figs with a supple, crisp, dry light body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length finish. A light, fruity and fragrant Brandy that will make for accessible, fresh cocktails.
Yebiga Prva Plum Brandy
86 points
Golden straw color. Aromas of butterscotch, sugar plum, hints of candied watermelon, heirloom apple, and white flowers with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a tingling, breezy fruit cake, marzipan, and peppercorns finish. A toasty and fruity Brandy that will make fun cocktails.
Star Union Spirits Apple Fruit Brandy
86 points
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
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.
Black Dirt New York Apple Jack Brandy
85 points
Golden amber color. Oaky aromas of sarsaparilla, peanut marzipan, spiced tea, sandalwood, and caramel apple with a velvety, crisp, dryish medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-length spumoni and caramel sauce finish. A heavily oaked Applejack to try in creative and tasty Wisconsin Old Fashioneds.