Maraska // Croatia
Maraska Komovica is a “marc” grape brandy. Marc is the French term for the pulp behind left after pressing new wine and includes the grape skins, seeds, stems and yeast residue. The marc is used to make a second which is then distilled into a spirit of the same name. Maraska Komovica is produced in Croatia and matured in oak barrels of undisclosed size and time.
Grappa/MarcEau-de-vie that is distilled from the pomace (seeds, stems, skins) left over from winemaking. Typically only grapes are used, but other fruit is acceptable. Can be aged in wood. No specific length of time required.
"This Komovicha comes out of the bottle swinging with aromas of twigs, rubber bands and a touch of that “new car smell”. But if allowed a few minutes to open up these initial aromatics back off and a distinct but subtle grapey-ness is present. On the palate, it is strong and with a distinct bitterness. There is a hint of lavender soap and grape juice giving it a touch of sweetness beneath all that gruffness. The finish is short, light and hot with a touch of perfume."