Review: Clear Creek Distillery Pear Brandy
Tis a pity. Clear Creek (which makes a stellar Oregon whiskey) offers this classic Poire William, made from crushed whole Bartlett pears from its own orchards, distilled in pot stills and bottled at 80 proof.
If you like pears you’ll love Clear Creek’s spin. It’s unadulterated pear aroma, pear body, pear finish. Cloudy when chilled, it has melon undertones in the body and a slightly bittersweet finish. I’m not that much of a fan of pears at all, but Clear Creek’s poire is really not bad. Though I’d rather drop it in a fruit-focused cocktail than drink it straight (it’s best cold — the company even suggests keeping it in the freezer), it’s a worthy addition to the bar.
(A “pear-in-the-bottle” version costs $80.)
B+ / $40 / clearcreekdistillery.com