Back on the brandy train I guess. This time, however, will be the first non-apple brandy I’ll have written about. This time, I gone with pears. Pears don’t have quite the same aura of Americana that apples do – no Johnny Pearseed, for instance. In fact, according to this map of the pear harvest from Wikipedia, the only place where pears are grown in the US is the Northeast. Fortunately – that is where both I and Harvest Spirits are based.
Harvest Spirits also seems like and interesting operation. First of all, if their distiller’s notes are at all accurate, they’re quite new – about as old as this blog is, in fact. Secondly, their main product is an apple-derived vodka, a spirit I’ve only tasted once when Ralph Erenzo from Tuthilltown Spirits ran a tasting at a nearby liquor store. Finally, they actually have a decent website.
– Made by Harvest Spirits
– 80 proof
There’s not much to their bottle. It’s tall and slim with a textured label that almost completely wraps around the bottle. The name “PEAR” falls vertically down the front and is topped with the eponymous fruit. The back of the label has a small block of text that begins with the over-dramatic statement: “Pear.” before going on the describe the brandy in sparse terms and suggesting that you serve it chilled.
This definitely smells like fresh distillate. It’s sweet, with pear, and something almost oily to the scent. On tasting, there’s an immediate and very full mouth feel. To its credit, it is not nearly as harsh as the aroma, but at the same time there isn’t as much of the fruit to it as I’d hoped, or as much as you might expect after tasting so many apple brandies.
This is a pretty descent brandy. I would really like to see this after a bit of aging to smooth some of the rougher edges. That said, impressive mouth feel and solid pear-essence comes through. I would recommend chilling it though.