Lansdale, Pa-based Boardroom Spirits is at it again, expanding its portfolio to introduce three new seasonal spirits: ‘A’, an apple eau de vie-style brandy made from Frecon Farms’ Red Delicious apples and ‘P’, a pair of pear eau de vie style-brandies made from D’Anjou and Bartlett varietals.
All of the new small-batch spirits were distilled entirely from their respective fruits in the style of Boardroom’s earlier endeavors—‘B’, a 100% beet spirit and ‘C’, a 100% carrot spirit. Boardroom has married the ancient practice of eau de vie-style brandy-making with their state-of-the-art equipment and technology to ensure and control quality, bringing a thoughtfully crafted crop of new eaux de vie to market. ‘A’ and ‘P’ are the result of years of research, testing, and tasting and pays homage to pálinka, a traditional fruit brandy invented in the Middle Ages. Pálinka is geographically protected and still only distilled in Hungary and parts of Austria.
For ‘A,’ seven to eight pounds of apples to distill one 375 ml bottle. The clear, light and dry brandy captures the harvest-fresh aroma and flavor of the local apples, and weighs in at 80 proof. Drinkers can experience a silky, mineral feel that finishes clean and smooth with a long apple persistence and accents of spiced fall apples.
For ‘P,’ the pair pays tribute to noteworthy differences between the Bartlett and D’Anjou pear varietals. Each pear varietal adopts a persona that shines through in the finished products. Bold and with an aroma of fresh-cut hay and crisp morning air, Bartlett smells distinctly of classic pears, while D’Anjou is soft and subtle with a mature aroma of late harvested pears. On the palate, Bartlett is light and medium-dry, bursting with bright, crisp fresh cut pear flavor. D’Anjou is also light bodied but semi-dry with a juicy, mouthwatering, sophisticated palate with touches of autumnal spice. As with all Boardroom Spirits products, there are no artificial flavors, colors, sugars, extracts, or preservatives added.
The flavors of ‘A’ and ‘P’ lend themselves to endless possibilities. Consumed alone, they are recommended as aperitifs or digestives. They also play well with other alcohols to add a fruity dimension to cocktails or even incorporated into sauces to complement both savory (roast chicken with apple brandy gravy) or sweet (poached pears with a pear brandy reduction) dishes.