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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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Monday, September 23, 2013

Clear Creek Distillery Kirschwasser

I've mentioned Kirschwasser a few times on this blog, but I've never reviewed one.  I reviewed a "framboise," and an apple eau-de-vie, but not kirschwasser.

That ends with this post.

Kirschwasser is an eau-de-vie distilled from cherries.  Kirsch is the German word for "cherry" and wasser is the German word for "water:" cherry water.  If you've ever had a Black Forest Cake, a Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, you may recognize the flavor of kirschwasser; it is poured onto the cake after baking.

This particular kirschwasser comes from Oregon, not Germany.  Clear Creek Distillery (in Portland, OR) makes a lot of Old-World style spirits, including eaux-de-vie like this krischwasser, slivovitz, and framboise.  They all have a slightly higher price point than other eaux-de-vie (this .375L bottle was about $26) but they are high-quality spirits.

This kirschwasser has aromas of cherry, meringue, and salty caramel.  It has a delicate cherry-blossom taste and is exceptionally smooth.  I can't believe I've only used this spirit for baking before.  Next time I'm getting something cheaper for baking and I'm buying this one to drink.

I highly recommend this kirschwasser and I cannot wait to try more from Clear Creek Distillery.

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