Arkansas Black

Arkansas Black Straight Applejack

Silver Medal, San Francisco World Spirits Competition - 2014 and 2015

Applejack was the first distilled spirit in the colonies. Before we had Rye, Rum or Moonshine, we had Applejack. George Washington served it to the revolutionary troops and yet, post-prohibition there remain very few producers of this uniquely American spirit.

This recipe pays homage to my Great-Grandfather Arthur “Skipper” Ford. He had an apple orchard where he grew heirloom apples. Our favorite apple, with its tart flavor, was the Arkansas Black variety.

Our applejack is always 100% apples. They were carefully crushed and fermented before entering a small Holstein still. There they were distilled before clarifying the cider, preserving the fresh apple flavor. The distillate rested for 2 years in used French Limousin Oak before spending an additional year in new American Bourbon Barrels to lend a sweetness to the nose and finish.

Silver Medal, San Francisco World Spirits Competition - 2014 and 2015

Production Method:

For this bottling we worked with all Pacific Northwest Apples. They were carefully crushed and fermented before entering a small Holstein still. There they were distilled before clarifying the cider, preserving the fresh apple flavor. The distillate rested for 2 years in used French Oak before spending an additional year in new American Bourbon Barrels to lend a sweetness to the nose and finish.

Technical Details:

Proof: 98

Age: 3 years

Color: Copper to medium amber

Aroma: Apple skin, Vanilla, brown sugar and Christmas Spice

Taste: Rich, sweet, apple juice and apple skin with burnt sugar and vanilla

Finish: Long, rich and warm