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 50cl bottle of Dutch producer Lubberhuizen & Raaff's eau de vie made from Betuws gold apples. Based in an old fire station in the beautiful Betuwse region, the fruit comes from the orchards that surround it.
A 50cl bottle of pear eau de vie from traditional Dutch producer Lubberhuizen & Raaff. The distillery's location is actually a former fire station in the picturesque Betuwse region, the fruit coming from the orchards that surround the building.
A cherry eau-de-vie from Miclo, made using a base of cherry and chosen from their finest maturing spirit. Miclo's Grande Réserve range are aged for three to four years before bottling (rather than the two years for the Tradition range).
A 50cl bottle of quince eau de vie from traditional Dutch producer Lubberhuizen & Raaff. The fruit is grown in orchards around the distillery in the Betuwe region. The building itself was previously a fire station.
A bottle of White Dog from Mikkeller. Made using a combination of malted barley and corn, this is incredibly approachable served neat for what is effectively and unaged whisky and is equally at home when added to cocktails.
Schladerer are a family run distillery company founded in 1844 in Staufen, Germany. This is their Mirabell (Plum) brandy. Made using plums from the Markgräflerland region, south of Freiburg, where possible. Additional fruit from the Lorraine region of France used if the harvest is not good enough. Aged for two years before release this has notes of mirabelle and marzipan.
A 37.5cl bottle of Mikkeller's Black 'beer brandy', distilled from their legendary 'Black' beer. This has been aged for a short time in ex-bourbon casks, to add flavour without overpowering the youthful spirit.
This edition of Mikkeller's Black 'beer brandy', distilled from their legendary 'Black' beer, has been aged for a short time in ex-oloroso sherry casks. This had added delightful rich, nutty notes to the youthful spirit.
This release of Mikkeller's Black 'beer brandy', distilled from their legendary 'Black' beer, has been aged for a short time in ex-rum casks. The casks in question came from the former Danish colony of Sankt Croix and have added both sweetness and fruitiness to the mix.
A bottle of 2006 vintage orange brandy from boutique Austrian producers Rochelt. Produced using Mediterranean-grown seedless Salustiana oranges, a variety known for its juicy flavour, this is aged for a minimum of 5 years, the fruit balanced by hints of bitterness from the skins.
A bottle of 2004 vintage Gravenstein Apple brandy from boutique Austrian producers Rochelt. This is a very juicy and highly aromatic variety, which has been distilled and aged for a minimum of six years for a round and soft flavour.
A bottle of 2003 vintage grape brandy from boutique Austrian producers Rochelt. Made from Muscat grapes, which are known for being the variety which most expresses grape aromas, this is aged for a minimum of 7 years to produce a fresh and fruity brandy.
A bottle of 2002 vintage grape brandy from boutique Austrian producers Rochelt. Made from Gewurztraminer grapes, a variety which gives off rose petal aromas, this is aged for a minimum of 8 years to produce a wonderfully aromatic brandy.
A half bottle of 2002 vintage elderberry brandy from boutique Austrian producers Rochelt. Produced using black elderberries grown in Lower Austria, this is aged for over 8 years. Lively and aromatic with a hint of chocolate too.
A bottle of 2008 vintage Williams Pear brandy from boutique Austrian producers Rochelt. Produced using both the traditional yellow and rare red varieties, harvested at their juiciest stage of growth, these are distilled twice and then aged for at least 3 years to produce juicy and fruity pear flavours.
A bottle of 2003 vintage Hollermandl brandy from boutique Austrian producers Rochelt. This is a traditional Tyrolean dish made from pears and elderberries and these fruits have been combined here to produce a strong and complex brandy.