MAD RIVER MALVADOS
A WICKED VERMONT APPLE BRANDY
Apple brandy is the original New England spirit. Upon arriving in North America, the traditional sources of starch for fermentation were hard to come by and the apple proved hardy enough to thrive despite New England winters. Hard cider was consumed daily from early colonial times. Seeking a more powerful product, New Englanders “jacked” their cider by allowing the fermented juice to freeze and removing the ice to leave a more concentrated and alcoholic beverage behind. When stills were brought over by other immigrants, the cider was distilled into apple brandy.
Because of the relative abundance of apples — and before the triangle trade brought in sugar products — apple brandy or “jack” was the main source of distilled spirits in the colonies.
Since Vermont is endowed with apple orchards and they represent part of our Green Mountain heritage, Mad River Distillers sources apples and cider locally, focusing on heirloom varieties to create the essence of Vermont, a salute to our state. We also use the apples from our farm — there are dozens of apple trees dotting the fields surrounding the distillery – a remnant of the Cold Spring Farm history.
Our apple brandy is very “fruit forward” — exactly what we envisioned when we sourced the Mueller still in Germany. We released our first limited batch of Malvados, a Wicked Vermont Apple Brandy, in October of 2014.
Cocktails Featuring Malvados
- Good Food Awards, Winner, Spirits Category, 2016
- Gold Medal – WSWA 2015
- Silver Medal (packaging) – ADI 2015