Put simply, eaux-de-vie are brandies made with any fruit that isn't a grape. Fruit brandies are made with a bewildering array of different raw ingredients - indeed, there can be few fruits that have not at one time or another had an enterprising distiller trying to make an eau-de-vie out of them. Read More »
A delicious apple and pear brandy from Stroh of Austria. A classic combination that's popular amongst eau de vie producers, especially in German-speaking countries, as the flavours balance and complement each other perfectly. Best served chilled.
A spirit from Van Wees made by the months-long infusion of tonka beans in neutral spirit. These South American native beans have a spicy flavour reminiscent of vanilla, almonds, cinnamon and cloves, and this spirit is a great way of getting a hint of tonka into your cooking and cocktails. THIS IS A 20CL BOTTLE
Linie Aquavit is a traditional Norwegian potato-based caraway spirit. Differing from the Danish examples, those from Norway must be matured in old sherry casks. with added aniseed, this is rich and complex.
An eau-de-vie using Mirabelles, small yellow plums that are the speciality of Lorraine in eastern France. Miclo distill and then rest their spirit for at least 4 years before selecting the finest examples and blending them together to produce the Grande Réserve.
A A Poire William pear eau-de-vie from Gilbert Miclo. He set up his distillery in 1962 in the village of Lapoutrie in Alsace, incidentally a few miles away from the Eau-de-vie Museum. This is made from distilling pears grown in the Rhone valley.
A quality cherry eau-de-vie (not to be confused with cherry brandy, which is actually a liqueur). Claimed to be the oldest fruit used to make eau-de-vie, this example is dry and perfect for a postprandial drink.
An 'eau-de-vie-de-bier' from the crazy distillers at Adnams, taking their top notch Broadside bitter, distilling it and then maturing it in new French oak for a year before bottling. It's unlike almost anything you've tried before.