TASTING … American Fruits Sour Cherry Cordial

26 Aug

[Photo by Bill Dowd]

The Warwick Vallery Winery & Distillery in Orange County, NY, was the state’s first fruit micro-distillery in modern times. At the distillery, it is developing a line of American Fruits-brand ports, brandies and eau de vies.


This clear ruby liqueur has none of the cloying thickness of so many of its ilk. It is a combination of fresh New York Montmorency cherries and their proprietary distilled spirit, a brandy of grapes, cherries and apples.

The first aroma of the finished product fairly screams “Cherry pie!” But, don’t be fooled into thinking this is just another overwrought product.

Hints of clove and cinnamon mingle with the aroma of robust cherries, then the palate-clinging yet clean liquid hits the tongue with a complex warmth that trails off into a pleasing aftertaste of crisp fruit.

An excellent cordial, sold at 20% alcohol by volume (40 proof). I made it part of the recipe for the Upstate Manhattan cocktail I created, using it in place of the standard sweet vermouth.

Suggested retail price: $14.99 for the 375ml bottle.

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Posted by on August 26, 2010 in Liqueurs, Tasting Notes


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