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TN: Fruit Brandies from St. George (not flavored, but distilled from the fruit itself)

zin1953 Nov 29, 2008 07:38 AM

St. George "Heirloom" 5-Year Old Apple Brandy: OK, let me preface this by saying I absolutely LOVE Calvados, the fabled apple brandy from the Normandy region of France. This is not Calvados, but neither was I expecting it to be. The bouquet, interestingly, reminded me of pure Granny Smith apples (a variety not used in Calvados). I never asked what apples they actually use for this, and I could be totally wrong, but for me, the character of tart, green apples dominated both the nose and mouth. Good, but it won't replace my beloved Calvados.

St. George "De Profundis" 20-Year Old Pear Brandy: Aged in French oak for 20 years, pure pear in the nose, like the eau de vie, but much more complex, rich and -- truly outstanding!

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  1. rworange RE: zin1953 Nov 29, 2008 09:03 AM

    Do they have blackberry?

    I guess 'TN' escaped my radar. The only think I can think it means is an abbreviation for a state. And I know St. George is in CA not TN. What does that stand for? This is all I could find and none would apply.

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    1. re: rworange
      sku RE: rworange Nov 29, 2008 09:10 AM

      I'm assuming it's Tasting Notes.

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        zin1953 RE: sku Nov 29, 2008 09:54 AM


      2. re: rworange
        zin1953 RE: rworange Nov 29, 2008 09:56 AM

        They've never made Mûre (Blackberry) that I've seen. You can learn more at http://www.stgeorgespirits.com/

        1. re: rworange
          zin1953 RE: rworange Dec 5, 2008 06:43 AM

          I *believe* at one point they MAY have made a blackberry eau-de-vie, but not at aged brandy such as these.

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          wally RE: zin1953 Dec 4, 2008 04:35 PM

          Have you tried the Germain-Robin Apple Brandy XO?

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            zin1953 RE: wally Dec 5, 2008 06:47 AM

            Yes, and it's certainly closer to what I would have anticipated . . .

            Again, it's not Calvados, but neither would I expect it to be, and just as G-R's Alambic is a very fine alternative to Cognac, their Apple XO is delicious.

            St. George's strength is pear.

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