Cedar Ridge Apple Brandy
Cedar Ridge // Iowa, USA
Cedar Ridge Apple Brandy begins with apple juice, which is fermented and twice pot-distilled. It is aged in a mix of American and French oak barrels and bottled at 40% ABV.
American BrandyProduced in the US, this is usually referring to brandy distilled from grape-based wine. If the producer uses other fruit, it must be stated on the label. If aged under two years in oak, it must state the word "immature" on the label. Beyond that, labels such as VS, VSOP, and XO mean little as the brands themselves dictate what that means to them.
Cask TypeAmerican oak and French Limousin oak
"The first waft of the Apple Brandy brings Christmas straight to mind, with baking spice notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Notes of vanilla and wood come through on the palate, with tastes of baked apples and spice. This is a big brandy, ideally suited for sipping in the winter or working into holiday cocktails."