Charles Oates Fine Apple Brandy (700ml)
$89. 99 Bottle
Head south from Hobart into the Huon Valley, and you'll find where ex-convict Charles Oates and his family planted the region's first apple trees, now home to the distillery bearing his name. Inspired by the brandy tradition of Calvados in North-West France, the venture has gone to considerable lengths, even importing the first alembic Charentais copper still into Australia - modeled on the French originals. Tasting note: [20ml sample] Brass gold. Swirling releases subtle scents of apple tart, quince paste and dustings of cinnamon. Orchard fruits vie with spicy oak but the fruity finish wins out in a delicious surge of apple pie, cinnamon stick and vanilla bean. Strikes some resemblance to fruity or sherried Speyside single malt. Try it as a digestif or with mature cheeses. 40% Alc./Vol.