About Black Fly Apple Brandy
Black Fly was founded in 2013 by Keith and Steph Hadik. Their Gristmill distillery is wholeheartedly New York from grain to finish. Nestled in the Adirondack mountains, the rustic facility sources provincial ingredients for their handcrafted whiskeys, stating “We source locally, we mash locally, and we distill locally.” In 2007, New York State passed the Farm Distillery Act, which made distilling accessible to smaller businesses, it was after this law was passed that Keith Van Sise pursued a license to operate a New York State farm distillery.
Gristmill encapsulates Upstate New York's rich agricultural heritage. The company, combining their love of whiskey and fresh mountain air, distilled their first spirit, a corn whiskey, at the end of 2014. Rusty Piton Corn Whiskey was released April 2016. Committed to distilling quality brandies and whiskies, Gristmill stresses the importance of local ingredients, using water sourced from a spring within a few paces of their facility. The Adirondack Park, is home to Gristmill Distillers, six million acres of protected land, “designated Forever Wild by the New York State Constitution in 1894.” For over a century, these mountains have been a haven for hikers, climbers, cyclists, fishermen, and skiers.
Their corn is grown by Adirondack Organic Grains in nearby Essex, and their brandy apples are grown, picked, and pressed fresh by Rulf’s Orchard, less than thirty-five miles down the road in Peru. Their barrels are made to order from U.S. Barrel, the oldest cooperage in the northeast in nearby Wilmington. Their 1892 Apple Brandy is crafted in the same fashion as most of their whiskies, resting in new American oak barrels after after being twice distilled. 1892 Apple Brandy is an homage to the Gristmill Distillers’ home, Adirondack Park, the largest publicly protected area in the contiguous United States.
The land is further protected by an amendment to the New York State Constitution at the 1894 Constitutional Convention, which declared the park ‘forever wild’. The 1892 Apple Brandy is made with New York grown apples from the Adirondacks mountains.The cider from the apples is freshly pressed by Rulfs Orchard, fermented, distilled, and aged within a 35 mile radius from where the apples are picked. Bottled at 41% ABV this brandy is “crisp and snappy like apple cider.”
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Brandy is typically produced from distilled wine and other fermented fruit juices like apples, pears, and other sweet fruits.
It is a perfect after-dinner digestif served neat or slightly warmed by holding the glass with your hands.
The kick can vary between 70-120 proof, and it gets its flavor from aging in wooden casks.
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