Rhine Hall La Normande
Rhine Hall // Illinois, USA
Rhine Hall distills fresh fruit brandies at their distillery in Chicago, Illinois. Their "La Normande" is a pommeau, a French-style apple cordial. It is made by fortifying a non-fermented apple cider made on site with Rhine Hall's apple brandy, and then ageing the mixture for 9 months in 52-gallon bourbon barrels from Heaven Hill. It is bottled at 18% ABV. Limited availability.
Other BrandyBrandy distilled from any type of fruit-based wine produced anywhere in the world. Not referring to any of the designated or protected areas such as Cognac, Armagnac, Calvados, etc.
"Rhine Hall's "La Normande" is a departure from their dry brandies and eaux-de-vie. This pommeau by fortifying their unfermented cider with the apple brandy and then ageing in oak barrels. The resulting cordial is sweet without being cloying, bursting with the juiciness of fresh apples and hints of vanilla and smoke from its time in wood. Its lower proof makes this very easy to drink, and very enjoyable too. A bottle of La Normande would be the perfect match for a crisp autumn day."