NVD - Pear Brandy
This exclusive brandy is made entirely from Seckel Pears – which are tiny pears with a round body, and are naturally very sweet. They are the only true American variety of pear grown commercially. Unlike other varieties planted in the U.S. from European cultivars, Seckels are thought to have originated as a wild seedling near Philadelphia. They were discovered in the early 1800's.
The pears are crushed and fermented into a “Pear Wine”. The wine is then distilled in a traditional Alembic Copper Pot Still to about 135 proof retaining much of the pear flavor. This particular batch (a mere 58 gallons or about 1 barrels worth!) was distilled in February 2012 and immediately aged in used Tennessee Bourbon Barrels until November, 2014. This aging introduces some oak and bourbon notes, but most importantly does not take away from the luscious sweet pear/fruit flavors.