Reisetbauer Carrot Eau de Vie
Reisetbauer // Austria
Although carrots are technically a vegetable and not a fruit, this eau de vie maintains the spirit of unaged fruit brandies. A neighboring farmer had a problem selling misshapen carrots at the market so he sold them to Hans Reisetbauer who made lemonade out of lemons, so to speak. As carrots have less sugar than fruit, it takes 90 pounds of carrots to produce one liter of alcohol.
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.
"Raw carrots, roasted carrots, steamed carrots--all of these aromas and tastes come to mind upon encountering this spirit. You'll find this "carrot-ness" rounded out by fennel greens, hops, and burnt walnuts. The palate is a bit more decadent with flavors of caramel, clotted cream, vanilla, and deep-roasted carrot drizzled with honey and hazelnuts (though, of course, the spirit is not sweet). This is a truly fascinating product that is worth your attention. "