Devon’s answer to Italian grappa – called Dappa – has been launched into the UK on-trade, made using grape skins from English vineyards.
Devon Distillery in South Ham has created the spirit for drinking as a digestif or as a cocktail ingredient, working with an experienced award-winning Italian distiller. Coming in 35cl bottles, it has ABV of 43%.
It uses grape skins from English vineyards such as Sharpham, Bolney, Three Choirs and Biddenden. The 2013 blend was produced primarily with Pinot Noir and Rondo grape skins and is complemented with small quantities of Dornfelder and Regent.
The distillery’s founder Cosmo Caddy said: “It’s exciting to be the first producer of a grappa-style drink in the UK. The response has been fantastic, with extremely positive comments about both its look and originality.
“My vision here is to see it served in all the top bars and restaurants in the country as well as being used by leading mixologists as a base cocktail ingredient, for which it is particularly well suited.”
Dappa has clean, crisp and grassy flavours, with hints of berries and earthy tones – a young flavour that still presents complexity. It pairs well with rich, freshly brewed coffee or bitter sweet dark chocolate.
Dappa won a Silver in the 2014 Food & Drink Devon Awards in October and was shortlisted for best packaging.