We love apples-

We love apples-

Apples waiting to be mashed in 2014

After a three years of waiting, a barrel of apple brandy is finally ready and we bottled half of it over the past weekend.  Its a very special blend of over 8,000 pounds of Rome, Sonata, and Gala apples from both Wells Orchard in Hood River and EZ Orchards in Salem, mashed in 2014 and 2015.

We moved the brandy from two american oak casks to a french oak barrel refurbished and retoasted by reWine in Salem in 2015,  and it set to mellow for a year in the french oak barrel to good effect.

Bottles to be labeled in 2017

Apple brandy was one of the first spirits made in the American colonies, but has been forgotten.  We bought a bottle of Hudson Valley Applejack after tasting it at a Farmers Market in Rhinecliff in Upstate New York this winter (Cornelius Apple Jack), and it got us in the mood.

We’re trying cocktails with the Orgeat syrup from the Bitter Housewive, and think the almond & apple flavors go well together.