Cowichan Pear Brandy
Merridale Cowichan Pear Brandy was judged Best of Class – Certified Craft Distilled Spirits in the Brandy category at the 2014 American Distillers Institute 8th Annual Competition. The pear brandy was also awarded a Gold medal in the Aged Brandy Category. More recently, our Pear Brandy won a Bronze Medal in the Brandy Class at the 2018 Canadian Artisan Spirit Competition and a Gold Metal in the Brancy Class at the 2022 Canadian Artisan Spirit Competition.
This brandy is made from BC Bartlett pears distilled in 2007 and aged in new French Oak barrels for more than 9 years. “We think this is North America’s oldest barrel aged pear brandy. Each sip reminds you of biting into a fresh pear just picked from the tree, followed by that smooth warmth of a fine brandy,” says Rick Pipes, the head distiller. The brandy balances its weight very well with rich, fresh pear flavour and consistent secondary and tertiary development. It exhibits a clean, fresh pear nose enhanced by the oak with subtle, fresh aromas of pineapple and lemon zest finishing with strawberries and marzipan. On the palate the pear skin is evident with undertones of maturation to support the cherry, mango, cooked pineapple and almond. The finish dances between juicy pear and exotic fruits. 40% alc.