Arkansas Black

Arkansas Black 21 Year Applejack

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 21 years in used French Oak .

Production Method:

Patience, they say, is a virtue. In the case of our 21 Year Straight Applejack, nothing could be more true.

Twenty-One long years in oak gave this once adolescent and fiery spirit a maturity and elegance that may be the perfect expression of the slow and sultry interaction between fruit, spirit and wood. Notes of caramel, baking spices and apple pie are weaved together with an assertive vanilla and oak finish. Sadly, when it’s gone, it’s gone for good. Just 20 barrels of this incredible spirit will be bottled. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Technical Details:

Proof: 92

Age: 21 years

Color: Copper to medium amber

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

Taste: Notes of caramel, baking spices and apple pie are weaved together

Finish: Assertive vanilla and oak finish