Harvest Spirits Cornelius Peach Brandy
Harvest Spirits // New York, USA
Harvest Spirits holds New York's first farm distillery license and is located on a 200-acre apple farm in the Upper Hudson Valley. Cornelius Peach is legally a peach flavored brandy but calling it Peach Applejack might be a more fitting label. Tree ripe local peaches are hand pitted and left to soak in their Bourbon-barrel aged Applejack. After returning to the barrel to rest while the flavors marry it is bottled unfiltered to retain all of the flavors and texture the peaches bring to the applejack. Expect to see some sediment in the bottle. No sugar or additives are used in this product unlike many other products in the category.
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.
"This one of a kind peach applejack is dominated by the aromas of late harvest peaches, cream, and bananas and just a hint of vanilla and spice that's a gentle reminder this started as a barrel aged applejack first. On the palate, an unexpected acidity reminiscent of orange juice plays nicely with the luscious, roasted peach flavors. At 60 proof, this drinks almost too easy with just a little heat from the alcohol. It is full bodied but not cloying sweet thanks to that subtle acidity. Opens up nicely on the rocks or with a splash of soda to reveal all of the complex spice flavors from the applejack; think vanilla, cinnamon, and hazelnut. Perfect for two-ingredient cocktails such as a Bellini variation that can showcase all the subtle flavors without masking them."