IRONWORKS DISTILLERY Apple Brandy
Probably the best thing to help make the winter months more enjoyable, this brandy is aged in retired oak barrels, which lends beautiful caramelized notes to the sweet apple elixir. The delicious taste of the apples surfaces and lingers on the tongue after the gentle burn of the alcohol. Then the slightly sugary vanilla notes from the barrel aging appear for a long smooth finish.This is one to swirl in your glass and savour.
AB CSPC +767836
BC CSPC +163750
Region: Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia
Varietal: McIntosh, Cortland, Liberty and Honey Crisp apples
Apple Brandy by any other Name
Ironworks Apple Brandy is made the same way Calvados is in Normandy. Like a brandy or whisky, it is the result of fermenting something — in this case, apples — into a mildly alcoholic apple wine, then distilling it to raise the alcohol level much higher. The eau de vie that results is then put into oak barrels for several months or longer to mellow the flavour and give it depth. All that fuss and chemistry produces a brandy of a certain sweetness and earthiness.
Like Calvados, Apple Brandy can be served as an apéritif, blended into a cocktail, as a digestif, or with coffee.
Ironworks Old Fashioned
We asked the fabulously talented Sara Corbeil from Wine Bar Kensington to help us come up with a winter themed cocktail for the holiday season. Here is her recipe for something warming and fragrant to help you cope with snow and kids and extended family and all that wrapping paper. Thank you Sara!!
1 oz Ironworks Bluenose Rum
1 oz Ironworks Apple Brandy
.5 oz green Chartreuse
1 cube raw sugar
dash Black Walnut bitters
Generous twist of Lemon and Orange
Start with a cube of raw sugar and a couple dashes of black Walnut bitters. Muddle these together in a cocktail shaker (you can add a little hot water to get the sugar to dissolve).
Add 1 oz each of Ironworks Apple Brandy and Bluenose Rum, then .5oz green chartreuse. Add ice and stir.
Strain over rocks glass with large ice cube. Finish with a lemon and orange twist (use a vegetable peeler for best results).
Honey Crisp Apples
Sometimes called a Honey Crisp, this is a crisp, and predominantly sweet, modern variety from the United States. It was developed by the University of Minnesota specifically for growers in cold climates, and is one of the hardiest apples around.