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How Do You Like Them Apples?

November 27, 2009

Every now and again I have a food-related pipe dream.

The first one was a desire to raise sheep in Pennsylvania.
Then I wanted to be a cheesemaker in California.
More recently I wanted to recreate the great American spirit.

You may ask yourself, “What is the great American spirit?”
You may say to yourself, “Where did that spirit go to?”

Well, the great American spirit was applejack.

It was the most popular tipple in the country a long long time ago, and for a pretty good reason.  This was apple country.  Transporting a cart full of apples isn’t easy, and it’s not nearly as lucrative as transporting a cart full of distilled apple cider.  So wherever you found apples, you would certainly find applejack.

But today it’s mostly gone.  There is one major producer in New Jersey, Laird’s.  And while it is widely distributed, it’s not terribly special.  Which is why I was so excited to get an email from the distiller at the nearby Harvest Spirits.

Here is the text verbatim from Collin McConville:

We are finally ready to release our highly anticipated Cornelius Applejack.  After a year of waiting as our spirits aged in Woodford Reserve Distillery barrels, we think it is time to crack that first cask and start bottling.  The distillery will be open especially for this occasion, Tuesday, December 1, from 10am to 6pm.  (Because, frankly, we don’t want to wait until the weekend to celebrate the release of our Applejack.)  Of course, we will continue to hold regular distillery hours on the weekends, Saturday and Sunday noon to 5pm – but if you’re even half as excited as we are, you won’t be able to wait until the weekend.

Our Applejack is an aged apple spirit, somewhere between an Apple Brandy and a Whiskey.  It will be one of only a handful of Applejacks on the market – making it both a unique product and a wonderful gift.  We have been aging our spirits in premium bourbon barrels, imparting aromas of toasted oak and smoke with sweet apple notes.  Cornelius Applejack has an attractive light color, reflecting the natural aging process no caramel color is ever added.  It has a sweet butterscotch smell with hints of vanilla and maple, giving it a very distinctive character.

We will be bottling a very limited amount to begin with, about 250 bottles; with more to come in the following weeks and months.  Cornelius Applejack will be for sale both at the distillery, and shortly after release at local liquor stores that carry our Core Vodka.

I am hesitant to share this news given the initial release of only 250 bottles.  But they do say they will be making more.  Still, I plan to be at the distillery early on Tuesday to pick up a bottle.  While I am there I can finally return my Core Vodka bottle to get a free shot glass.  Plus I remember enjoying the orchard’s cider donuts.

Maybe I’ll see you there.  I’ll be the one wearing the FUSSYlittleBLOG baseball cap.  And if it’s any added incentive, I will have Little Miss Fussy in tow.

(Just in case you were wondering, I am getting nothing in return for this announcement other than the joy that someone nearby is living my dream.)

3 Comments leave one →
  1. November 27, 2009 12:59 pm

    If the quality and taste of the Core Vodka is any indicator of how good the Applejack will be, this release is definitely worth being excited about. I need a refill on the Core, too. A couple friends found my only bottle yesterday and now it’s more dry than the stuffing that was inadvertently left out on the counter last night.

  2. joni permalink
    November 27, 2009 11:42 pm

    Shhh! [ed. note: redacted]

    • November 28, 2009 11:02 pm

      If you are looking for other things to spend your money on this holiday season, my friend Joni has been working very very hard on a silent auction to raise money for her kids’ elementary school.

      Items up for bid include some high value restaurant gift certificates. For more information, you can follow the below link.

      Thanks to Joni for reminding me to putting this up on Yelp and for her continued support of the FLB.

      As a reminder, if you have any commercial interests to share please get in touch with me. And if they are relevant, and if I can find some way to work them in, I will.

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