Clear Creek Eau de Vie Pomme 8-year-old Apple Brandy 375ml

SKU #1030106 96-100 points Wine Enthusiast

 An American distilling masterpiece by distiller Steve McCarthy.  (9/ 2001)

K&L Notes

From the McCarthy Family Orchards in the foothills of Mount Hood comes Clear Creek Distillery's Eau de Vie Pomme. This release was made using a traditional European pot still and barrel aged for eight years. What you get is a beautiful amber-hued brandy that smells remarkably of fresh apples, but has the complexity of an oak-aged gem on the palate. Rivals the best Calvados.

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By: David Driscoll |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/18/2009  | Send Email
I'm not sure if anyone else read Mr. McCarthy's article in the New York Times about making Eau De Vie spirits, but I was fascinated by the process of how he captured the essence of the Douglas Fir tree in a bottle. This Pomme apple brandy, essentially an American Calvados, is absolutely outstanding and would make the perfect after dinner drink for almost any fine meal. Rich barrel flavors combine with can only be described as the soul of an apple to create a robust, yet smooth drinking spirit. My hat is off to Clear Creek.

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Varietal:

Brandy

Country:

United States

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Sub-Region:

Oregon

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Alcohol Content (%): 40