I enjoyed my first ever bottle of Applejack. That being said, I can’t compare it to much of anything. It’s an acquired taste, but it grows on you. If I had to describe Applejack, I wouldn’t be too far off in saying that it’s a high proof brandy with strong cider flavors. Try it, you’ll probably like it. I’m definitely going to grab another bottle.
Barking Irons Applejack
Brandy /50% ABV / New York, United States
- New York, United States
- Liquor Flavor
- Tasting Notes
- Apple, Bold, Caramel, Oak, Vanilla
- Base Ingredients
- Food Pairing
- Pasta, Beef, Dessert - Fruit, Salads & Greens, Chicken, Dessert - Vanilla & Caramel, Cheese - Hard Aged, Cured Meats, Fruit - Sweet
Barking Irons Spirits' flagship product - a 100-proof barrel-aged applejack made from 100% New York apples loved by bartenders and home bartenders alike. Recommended as a swap for your favorite small-batch bourbon.View all products by Barking IronsCalifornia Residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING
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Nice subtle Apple flavour without cloying sweetness.
Brandy is predominantly sweet and fruity, generally between 40-50% ABV and often aged for several years before its final blending and bottling.
Some more regulated types of brandy, including Cognac and Armagnac, are required to age for a minimum amount of time in oak barrels, though most distillers opt to age their brandies for significantly longer, which improves the quality and undoubtedly raises the price per bottle. On the whole, brandies are aged between three to five years, though some premium varieties surpass 10 years or more.
Besides apples and grapes, other popular fruits employed in brandy making include plums, cherries, peaches, apricots and pears; it’s a truly varied liquor depending on the geography and the culture where it’s crafted.
Aging brandy in charred oak barrels helps further develop its complex flavors, as well as the final blending process by which water and other brandies are balanced and combined.
Keeping the brandy a bit warmer or adding a little water can further develop the aromas and overall flavor.
Brandy is a popular ingredient in fruit-based cocktails as well, like colorful sangrias and zesty sidecars; because of its sweetness, brandy tends to appear in dessert recipes, often soaked with coffee in delicacies like tiramisu.