Black Dirt Distillery

Black Dirt Applejack

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Applejack is THE quintessential American spirit. Indeed, it was the first spirit distilled in what would become the United States. Before prohibition The Black Dirt Region of New York State, home to some of the nation’s most fertile soil, was also  home to dozens of applejack distilleries. Black Dirt Applejack, produced at the first micro-distillery in New York State, is honoring the rich tradition of this spirit and its region with this award-winning apple brandy. Made from 100% Jonagold apples and aged a minimum of five years in American oak, notes of baked apple, smoke, cocoa, vanilla, and baking spices dominate the nose. On the palate, the flavors are rich and lingering, with hints of honey, caramel and orange peel. It’s great to use in any whiskey based cocktail or to sip on its own after a cozy dinner.  

Black Dirt Distillery

Black Dirt Distillery was founded in 2012 by co-founders and managing partners Jason Grizzanti and Jeremy Kidde, two long-term veterans of the craft distilling business. As the first micro-distillery in New York State, and over the last decade, they have produced and distributed a number of award winning brandies and liqueurs. Using ingredients sourced directly from the Black Dirt region, these entrepreneurs are not just honoring this area’s singular distilling heritage, but also creating some of the most vibrant spirits to emerge on the market in generations. 

The Black Dirt region of New York State, also known as the Drowned Lands, consists of the remains of a shallow lake that formed 12,000 years ago during the glacial period. The ebony soil is so rich and unique — in some areas it’s comprised of nearly 90-percent organic matter — it is known as some of the most fertile soil in the country. Before Prohibition, the area was home to dozens of applejack distilleries. 


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