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Welcome to Po'Nutrition Fax! This blog is about alcohol - it has nothing to do with health or wellness, and the only relationship between this and Edgar Allen Poe is that he was an alcoholic.

I used to work in a liquor store and developed a taste for all different types of booze. As my collection grew, I felt the need to share my knowledge of, interest in, and experiences with my purchases - from the standards (e.g. whisk(e)y, gin) to the less-than-standard (e.g. kirschwasser, raki). You'll also find a lot on beer (another love of mine).

This is not about how much I can drink nor do I promote over-excess of alcohol. As with most blogs, there is some self-reflection included with most of the reviews. The point is to encourage everyone to reflect on what they drink.

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Blanche de Normandie

If you read my recently published article in the New York Cork Report, then you'll know that I love eau-de-vie.  However, I've been having trouble finding an apple eau-de-vie.  There are German apple liqueurs (i.e. Apfelkorn) but they are liqueurs and not eau-de-vie so I was not interested in buying one-sided liqueurs.

Basically, eau-de-vie is an un-aged fruit distillate.  Although it could be considered a brandy (since it is distilled from fruit) it is generally made using the entire fruit, not just it's fermented juice.  Notable examples: Framboise is made from raspberries, Kirschwasser is made from cherries, Grappa is made from grape pomace.

Researching this particular apple eau-de-vie, it is distilled from an apple cider.  Since some appellations within Normandy can produce calvados using apples and pears, I thought there might be some pears in this eau-de-vie - but the bottle claims it is "100% Apple."  I also discovered that this was one of the most highly-rated spirits of 2007; I did not know this before purchasing and trying this liquor so my opinion was not influenced by such factors.  Regardless, for such a lauded spirits one would think this would be a rather pricey bottle; however, I found a .750L bottle for only $23 at my local spirits retailer.  Seeing as how this type of spirit (i.e. eau-de-vie) is rarely consumed in the States, this is not surprising.  Fortunately, I get to take advantage of the average American consumer's lack of knowledge/appreciation of certain fine drinks.

The sweet aromas of apple and pear are accompanied by floral aromas and a certain rustic "je ne sais quoi."  Like all eaux-de-vie (the "x" makes this plural), there is some heat to this unaged spirit but there is a touch of butter and cinnamon that reminds me of a Tarte Tatin.  I can see why this eau-de-vie was so highly rated.

Unfortunately, I now have a craving for some sort of freeze-dried apple and Chinese cassia flavored cereal.  Perhaps the one advertised here by these two "heroes"?:

1 comment:

Pat said...

I too was enjoying a delicious eau-de-vie last night. A nice home made plum palinka.