Reliquum Spirits rolls out apple brandy

Reliquum Spirits Apple Brandy

Small batch spirits brand Reliquum has added new Apple Brandy made using Essex-grown Opal apples to its portfolio.

To create the drink, Opal apples, a relatively new variety in the UK, are pressed to make a cider and then combined with eau de vie which has been aged in red wine barrels made from French trombais oak.

The first batch is a “smooth” and “flavourful” four month-old brandy, said to be akin to calvados, with “rich notes of caramel and memories of apple tarte tatin”.

Each 500ml bottle contains 28kg of apples which would otherwise have gone to waste.

Pete Thompson, third generation farmer and founder of Reliquum, says: “Aged 16 I was packed off to France by my folks to brush up on my French.

“Landing at a small farm on the Normandy coast I’m not sure what it did for my French, but it did introduce me to a whole new world of seafood, cider and calvados. Our brandy is a tribute to Normandy and the finer things in life.”

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