I think the world of Derek and Ashley. This is a family run distillery. It is not uncommon to see children, pets, and friends and family walking through at any times, and if you are visiting, especially in fall, it is hard to taste alcohol with the smell of hto cider doughnuts wafting through the buildings. Well, OK, maybe it's not.
But now Derek and Peter Upstill, the assistant distiller, have come up with a gorgeous new elixir: Cornelius Cherry! In this case Derek and Peter chose the freshest and ripest Bing Cherries and soaked them in Hudson Valley Apple Brandy, until, in their won word, "they have given up every last bit of flavor they possess." An then they rested the brandy for one more year in oak before releasing it.
This is a revelation. You get all the rick, dark cherry flavor up front. It's like you can still taste the cherries themselves. But there is that whiskey/bourbon kinda thing going on, wherein you get that toasty oak and just a whiff of spice.
Congrats to Derek and Ashley, an to Peter! Great job folks!
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