Rhine Hall Oak Aged Apple Brandy
Rhine Hall // Illinois, USA
Rhine Hall distills fresh fruit eau-de-vie in their distillery in Chicago, Illinois. Their apple brandy is made with fresh whole apples from southwest Michigan, with roughly 25 pounds of apples needed to produce each 750ml bottle. The apple blend includes Jonagold, McIntosh, Gala, Cortland, and others. The brandy is aged for 9-14 months in a combination of toasted and charred American oak.
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.
Cask Typetoasted and charred American oak
"Rhine Hall's Oak Aged Apple Brandy gives their unaged brandy the barrel ageing treatment, putting it into a mix of toasted and charred new oak barrels. This leaves plenty of space for apple notes to come through on the aroma and taste, while layering on notes of vanilla, cinnamon, and wood tannin. It would make a seasonally appropriate winter drink, and the American oak influence makes it an easy crossover for bourbon fans."