Fine Shine Applejack
Hudson Valley Distillers // New York, USA
Hudson Valley Distillers opened their doors in 2014 after receiving a New York Farm Distillery license and rehabbing the 150-year-old barn that houses the distillery and tasting room. Fine Shine is their applejack minus the barrel aging. Apples are sourced from a neighboring orchard while the long neglected home orchard, part of their 2013 farm purchase, is revived and converted to chemical-free practices. Passionate to the extreme about using only local ingredients they are foraging what grows wild locally and have plans to grow in their greenhouse what isn’t traditionally grown in the region.
Eau-de-VieMost often referring to clear, unaged brandy distilled from wine from any type of fruit. Some styles are macerated with skins after distillation which provide color.
"This surprisingly aromatic spirit leaves no doubt it was derived from apples. Like a visit to the orchard, aromas of blossoms, peels, and sauce lead to the memory of biting into an apple fresh from the tree. On the palate, it is rich and bracing with the apple notes joined by hints of tarragon and anise. The finish is warm, dry and pleasant. This could nicely replace vodka or gin in numerous cocktails; try in a 50/50 Martini or the Aviation cocktail."