A & G Cherry Brandy Reserve
A & G is the distilling label for Lake Michigan Shore Apellation’s St. Julian winery. Among grapes and apples a bit of cherries are grown. In this brandy the Montmorency, Meteor, and Balleton varieties are used. A&G is lucky enough to have a Carl-still which is the golden standard in craft distillation. After passing through the stills, the spirit rests for at least a year in a toasted French oak barrel. It is then finished in a cask from a cream sherry solera for further coloring and complexity.
Other BrandyBrandy distilled from any type of fruit-based wine produced anywhere in the world. Not referring to any of the designated or protected areas such as Cognac, Armagnac, Calvados, etc.
Cask TypeToasted French Oak, Cream Sherry
"The first thing one notices pouring this brandy is the opaque red/brown color that suggests a very active barrel or perhaps the edition of fruit juice or wine. The aromas are quite invigorating with a crunchy cherry preserve character and a bit of a nuttiness reminiscent of toasted almonds. The palate shows lively acidity which balances the sweet stone fruit and barrel elements quite nicely. The finish is snappy, with acid providing a needed crispness and allowing the rich, sweet red-fruit and sherry elements to linger without being cloying."