Are there any good books on websites on fruit brandies? Seems like every year while studying, something new catches my interest. And while I found enough info to help me decide on a few bottles of Calvados to try (thank you Vinous article/reviews), I have not been able to find dedicated websites or books on the subject.
Also, if anybody has recommendations for European producers (excluding Calvados, which is pretty straight forward) that are available in the States, I am all ears. I do know that Reisetbauer should be high on my list, while Rochelt is more than I am willing to spend at this point.
thanks for the help
Charles Neal wrote an excellent book on Calvados. You can listen to our podcast interview with him from back in 2015 here:
I second the Charles Neal "tome" - fantastic work on a fantastic subject.
sounds like i need to go drop $60 on a book.
Capovilla is also an excellent producer of fruit eaux-de-vie. They come through Jan d'Amore in NYC... not sure what their distribution is like elsewhere in the country.
Those are great. Also Reisetbauer from Austria.
Speaking of Capovilla, Just found this thread Geoff Kruth
I'll have to check it out over the weekend.
Oh yes! i am loving that producer!!
Capovilla is reallly really good, and available through Lyra in California...
As for Austrian Schnaps... Reisetbauer is really the best of what's available in the US and he's made investment and commitment with Terry Thiese to stay here. Rochelt is quite good, but I'm not sure if it's really any better than Reisetbauer and it's several times the price (although the bottles look beautiful behind my bar). Gölles was in the US through Winebow, but they pulled out last year. Frustratingly there is very little market in the US for good German/Austrian schnaps and the top Austrian brands (Spörer, Herzog, Gölles, etc) are not available (legally) in the USA. However, if you're ever in NYC, drop in to Wallsé, I have many things for you to taste...
Any suggestions here, Wendy Hector?
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Should be a fun read with the 1987 Lemorton I just ordered . I guess reisetbauer pear and maybe apricot is next on the list.
thanks for all of the recs