Maker: Round Barn, Baroda, Michigan, USA
Grapes: Gewürztraminer, Muscat.
Style: Pomace brandy.
Note: I received a 25% media discount on purchases and a free lunch when I purchased this brandy.
Nose: Alcohol, lavender, antique rose, boxwood, woodruff, mango, pink peppercorns.
Palate: Sweet. Candied orange peel, alcohol.
Finish: Pungent and perfumed. Clears out sinuses and lingers.
Parting words: Free Run is a line of estate spirits and wines from Round Barn in southwestern Michigan. My wife and I (and our baby!) visited there last summer. An account of that, with details on Free Run is here. I reviewed Black Star Farms’ white grappa in 2013 and I loved it. This one is more rose pedals and musk than BSF’s fruity grappa. Some fruit, other than the faint mango note, would have been welcome for balance but this is good all the same. I forgot to write the price down but Free Run brandies are produced in limited runs and are priced accordingly (for a 375 ml bottle). Free Run Cellars Grappa Pomace Brandy is recommended.