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Episode 32: Old Delicious Apple Brandy
Episode 3220th November 2020 • Liquor and Liqueur Connoisseur • Matt Birchard
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Episode 32 features Old Delicious Double Bourbon Barreled Apple Brandy. A product of Hood River Distillers, made by their brand Clear Creek Distillery in Hood River, Oregon. A revival of an old recipe with a twist, this apple brandy is bottled at 42.5% ABV, or 85 proof.

Enjoy this episode with some Old Delicious!

My thanks to Hood River Distillers for speaking with me and for providing me with the bottle for the tasting!

Old Delicious' official website:

Brief Historical Timeline:

  • 1934 - Hood River Distillers is founded, making fruit wines and brandies from discarded fruit
  • 1985 - Clear Creek Distillery is founded to make Eau de Vie and fruit brandy
  • 2014 - Hood River Distillers buys Clear Creek Distillery
  • 2019/20 - Old Delicious is launched

Key Cocktails:

Think of Old Delicious as if it were any other apple brandy, or treat it like a whiskey for mixing in cocktails!

Here's a cocktail recipe from Hood River Distillers:

Old Delicious Old Fashioned:

2 oz Old Delicious Double Bourbon Barreled Apple Brandy

4 dashes Angostura Bitters

2 dashes orange bitters

1 sugar cube

Muddle the sugar cube with the bitters in an Old Fashioned glass, add a few drops of water to help the sugar dissolve. Add one large ice cube, the spirit, and stir. Garnish with a twist of orange peel.


I spoke with a number of people from Hood River Distillers and Clear Creek Distillery for input on this episode.

Wikipedia article on Hood River Distillers

Clear Creek Distillery

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