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Tom's Foolery 8 Year Old Bottled in Bond "K&L Exclusive" Single Barrel #65 Ohio Straight Applejack (750ml)

SKU #1517742

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 is one of two 8 year old 25 gallons barrels we purchased and was distilled on May 20th, 2012. Applejack barrels 65 and 67 are both from a batch that were distilled in the spring of 2012. They were in the same vat together at one time. Both were initially barreled in May of 2012 and harvested in December of 2020, so 8.5 years of age. Barrel 65 spent most of its time in a 105-gallon French oak cask that previously held cognac. Being an old barrel (20+ years old!), the barrel imparted only a slight French oak character. Since the barrel was larger than normal, it also had less evaporation. That preserved more of the spirits aromatics, which gives it a fruit-forward character. This applejack was in the smaller (25-gallon) barrel for only a year.


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By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/3/2021 | Send Email
We're so lucky to have access to such high quality and unique products from Tom's Foolery. Their Applejack was the original vision for this distillery, but the whisky boom has made it necessary to focus on those wonderful products. Nonetheless, Tom and Lianne distill this excellent Applejack from local apples. There's not a lot of the Applejack made here but the few we've had have been exceptional. Now we get to taste two barrels distilled on the same day and in almost exact opposite manner, an amazing experience t for any spirit geek. These two barrels, which I'll review in tandem were distilled on the same day in May of 2021. One, barrel 67, was aged in once used bourbon and the other in very old ex-cognac. So active American vs not so active French oak. You can immediately tell them apart from the color, 67 has a vibrant chestnut veil, while 65 is a pale gold. 67 offer rich baked apple, sweet oak and a gravelly rusticity on the nose which is for me very inviting. On the palate a creamy texture, cinnamon flecked pomme puree, poached pear, and a gorgeous long woodsy finish. 65 has a buttery nose with hints of golden delicious and granny smith, apple core with seeds and stems. Also, some non-apple fruits persimmon, quince, and subtle floral character. In general, it’s just much more subtle than barrel 67. On the palate, the apple is still tempered by slight hints of French oak and this overall buttery-ness that runs through the entire package. The finish is all apple skins and pips. A totally wild experience to see the same spirit aged in completely different ways. I've most enjoyed blending the two together in various proportions to see how they interact. Whichever one you prefer, there's no question that this is one of the most exciting apple spirits in America.

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