Somerset Cider Brandy 5 Year
Somerset Cider Brandy Company // Somerset, England
Cider brandy (known in other areas as apple brandy) has been produced in England since at least 1678. The Somerset Cider Brandy Company has been distilling since 1987. They grow up to 40 different varieties of apples for their cider and brandy (they make both) from their own orchards, but do supplement a small portion from surrounding family farms. Their 5 Year Cider Brandy is aged in small oak barrels.
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.
"The aroma has a light smoked character to it along with waxy apples and a savory spiciness. The brandy is soft, but bitter with the wood taking over the fruit initially. The brandy finishes with a woody and smoked apple quality. Overall, the brandy seems a bit out of balance with the alcohol, but does show some character."