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Free Spirits Tasting - Friday

Four miles east of the Hudson River, in the valley between the Catskill and Berkshire mountains, lies third-generation apple farm, Golden Harvest Farms. Established in 1954, the farm grows over 20 varieties of apples on 200 acres. New York's first farm distillery, Harvest Spirits was established in 2007 to put surplus apples to use; they take on a second life as vodka, Applejack, and specialty brandies. Apples are pressed year round on an antique rack-and-cloth press, fermented into hard cider in stainless steel tanks, and then distilled in a single 100 gallon pot still. Perfect for fulfilling your sipping or cocktail desires, no matter the season!
Harvest Spirits Core Vodka
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): N/A --- Core Vodka is made by distilling hard cider three times with a singular filtration. A single bottle comes from over 60 lbs of fresh apples! Naturally gluten free, this has no charcoal filtration and no additives. It features a bright floral nose, dry mid-palate, and a long clean finish, with the barest hint of apple essence. This is excellent as a sipping vodka; great in cocktails too.

Harvest Spirits Cornelius Applejack
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): N/A --- This smooth, warming Applejack is made from hard cider that is twice distilled in small batches. Aged for three years in 50 gallon bourbon casks, it is then finished in 15 gallon quarter casks for additional barrel color and flavor. More akin to a bourbon whiskey than a brandy in character, this makes a great gluten-free alternative to rye or bourbon. The faintest rumor of sweetness adds softness to the finish.

Harvest Spirits "John Henry" Single Malt Whiskey
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): N/A --- John Henry Single Malt Whiskey is named in honor of the man who has helped farm the lands at Golden Harvest for over four decades. Crafted in very small batches, John Henry is double distilled from two-row malted barley, then rested in new oak and aged in Cornelius Applejack barrels for three years. 100% barley, this contains no sugar, caramel coloring, or liquid smoke. A pleasing balance of malt and smoke, this will find fans among connoisseurs and casual drinkers alike.

Harvest Spirits Rare Pear Brandy
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): N/A --- 100% Bartlett pears, crushed whole and fermented on the skins, this Rare Pear brandy is minimally distilled twice to retain the gorgeous fresh pear aromas. Aged two years in charred American oak barrels with a single filtration, this is surprisingly dry, with a long toasted oak finish. Its classic style evokes a traditional European brandy. Enjoy neat or on the rocks to get the full aromatic experience!