Tom's Foolery Bottled in Bond "K&L Custom Blend" Ohio Straight Applejack (750ml)

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Tom Herbruck is a pretty laid-back guy. But one thing he takes very seriously is applejack. Produced from locally sourced cider in small batches just like it would have been by the pioneers 200 years ago, this applejack is truly a handmade specialty of the region. To the small amounts of locally pressed fresh cider that Tom can source he adds a certain amount of hand-pressed crabapple cider. This was the tradition in Ohio, and so it continues. The sweet cider is left to ferment naturally and it takes at least three weeks before the natural sugars are completely converted to alcohol. This hard cider is then double-distilled in copper pot stills before being aged in a variety of different barrels. This special bonded Applejack was a blend of three different casks. The majority came from a super fruity little cask #66 and equal dabs of creamy, oaky cask #85 and spicy, earthy cask #410. The result is one of the most balanced and complex apple spirits we've ever carried. Deep aromas of baked apple and barrel spice coupled with a rich apple-driven palate that almost gives the feeling that it's been sweetened slightly with fresh apple juice, but ultimately finishes very dry. An incredible value by any measure and a throwback to what Americans might have been drinking on the frontier more than 150 years ago.

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By: William Beare | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/25/2019 | Send Email
This is a seriously good deal, for some seriously well-made applejack. Wonderfully rich and spicy on the nose, this is a full-bodied dram that leans towards the apple pie side of things, while being pleasantly dry on the back palate and finish. Tom's Foolery adds no sugar or color to their applejack, and distills each batch from several varieties of fresh, whole apple. The result is high-end appley goodness in a bottle that wont break the bank. One could come up with all sorts of amazing punches and cocktails with this, but at the moment I'm thoroughly enjoying drinking the stuff neat. If you need inspiration though, try this in a classic Jack Rose recipe.

By: Jackson Lee | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/7/2019 | Send Email
After letting the dram sit in the glass for a few minutes, aromas of caramel apple and vanilla dominated my nostrils. On the palate, caramel taffy notes made me think of walking down the boardwalk on a sunny day and eating pieces of very ripe grilled pineapple off a skewer as the sun set on my taste buds.

By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/7/2019 | Send Email
Tom Herbruck had originally planned to make Apple Brandy when he started his distillery back in 2011 and while curiosity and market forces have pushed him towards whiskey production, the Applejack might be my favorite thing he does. Tom's Applejack doesn't taste like apple bourbon like some others on the market the nose is extremely ethereal, almost in the Calvados range, but with more spice. Creamy almost fondant like fudginess. The mouth is fully textured, bold and filled with cinnamon baked apples, big roasted vanilla bean, and subtle nuttiness. SO drinkable and versatile I've already powered through my entire bottle experimenting in cocktails and sloshing it back like it's going out of style.

By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/6/2019 | Send Email
The nose has an apple flavored saltwater taffy quality to it. It smells like it should feel tacky and make you want to smack your lips and just keep on chewing. It's lighter in body and zippier than you'd expect, but this lets the sweet ripe apple character shine on through. Especially soft and easy to drink, this is a perfect summer night sipper. Stock up now so you're in supply through all of the hot months.

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Alcohol Content (%): 50