The apple brandy currently being served in our tasting room is a blend of several varieties: Gala, Criterion, Sonata, and Granny Smith. All were sustainably grown, the first three at Wells Orchard in Hood River, and the Grannies are from Yakima Valley, via our friend Paul Beverage of Wilridge Winery. All apples were harvested in the 2010 season.
The brandy was aged in a small Limousin oak barrel for 12 months to give it its golden color and delicately smooth(en) the apple. The apple can be sipped straight, or enjoyed in a cocktail (see several featured drink recipes on our page). We also used the apple brandy to finish the gravy for our Thanksgiving Turkey and Christmas Ham in 2010.